This course explores some issue, theme or period related to Black Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Current Semester InformationKarin Wimbley
Reading African American cinema as a pivotal archive in African American cultural production, this course explores the diverse black aesthetic traditions that African American film has and continues to develop, explore, and shape. Specifically, we will track how African American films produced, written, and/or directed by African Americans are situated in larger debates about the politics of race and representation. Beginning with African American modernism and black cultural politics, we will look at the emergence of African American cinema in the 1910s through to the early 21st century. Films we will investigate include works by Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Mario van Peebles, Charles Burnett, Spike Lee, Cheryl Dunye, Julie Dash, Dee Rees, The Hughes Brothers, and Lee Daniels, to name a few.