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IDSEMUG 1307 - Race, Nation, and Narrative

This course uses social analysis, political speeches, and fiction to explore the relation of race-making, nation-building, and story-telling in the case of the United States. Our broadest premise is that collective subjects (nations, peoples, classes, religions, races) are formed and reformed through narratives joined to collective action. Our specific premise is that "American" nationhood has been formed by racial domination and opposition to it, as represented in and through contesting narratives. Our goal is two-fold: to assess racialized nationalism in its historic and recent iterations, but also to assess how it is contested differently by scholarly treatises, political speeches, and works of literary or cinematic invention. Part One uses social analysis to explore the intersections entwining settler colonialism, chattel slavery, and immigration restriction in forming American society and imagined ("American") national community. The practice and meaning of "democracy," has been set by white supremacy, but also enlarged and contested by social movements and counter-narratives that re-conceive the meaning of race and nation. Part Two thus uses speeches by activists to clarify the debates in the civil rights era about the goals, means, and stories that define effective social change. Part Three compares how fictions in literature and film represent the relation of race, nation, and democratic possibility. Authors include James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Claudia Rankine; theorists include Michael Rogin, Glenn Coulthard, Mae Ngai, Hortense Spillers, Saidiyah Hartman, Frank Wilderson, Fred Moten. Films include Bamboozled, Get Out, and Black Panther. Class Notes: Open to sophomores and juniors only. Enrollment Requirements: Restriction for IDSEM-UG 1307.
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