African American Literature

L396 — Fall 2021

De Witt Douglas Kilgore
Course Description

Topic: Afrofuturism

This course focuses on Afrofuturism, a speculative form practiced primarily by black writers, artists and musicians. In this mode they create stories, images and sounds invoking pasts and futures directed by the experiences and designs of the African Diaspora. Often operating within the conventions of mainstream futurism, Afrofuturism also serves as a counter to the persistence of tomorrows in which whiteness is the historical and social dominant. We will trace the transracial traffic of ideas, words, and images that has made Afrofuturism an important concept in recent science fiction and American musical culture.

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