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Course Catalog 2018-2019 
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AAST 249 - Afruturism and Black Speculative Fiction: Black to the Future

Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4HU, CD, WINT

What are Speculative Fiction and Afrofuturism? How have they gained momentum in African Diasporic literature, art, and popular culture? When Octavia Butler and Charles Delaney coined “speculative fiction” as a genre that challenged absence of Black people in conventional science fiction, they presented models for a future where Black people were subjects not excluded from the narrative of American progress. Course examines the emergence Afrofuturism in 1992 and its application to Black Speculative Fiction in the 20th and 21 st centuries in an international dialogue on Black identities. Authors will include works by Butler, Delaney, Gomez, Okri, Hopkinson, and Okarofor. Required Field Trips: Westwood Cemetery, Allen Art Museum, Oberlin Underground Railroad Center, and relevant sites in Cleveland.

Enrollment Limit: 20
Instructor: M. Gadsby

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