Mar 27, 2023  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Course Catalog 2022-2023
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ENGL 300 - Race and Visual Culture in the 20th and 21st Centuries

FC ARHU CD
4 credits
How does American culture visualize race? How is racial meaning produced, explored, and circulated in visual culture? This course will explore how race is “seen” in American literature and culture from the early twentieth century into our contemporary moment. We will examine a broad range of literary and visual texts, including novels, poetry, plays, paintings, performance art, and popular culture. We will consider concepts such as racial classification, stereotype, representation, fetish, abstraction, and social and political transformation. We will ask, why is race so strongly associated with the visual? How does the visual narrow or expand cultural understandings of race?



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