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AFST 290

Topics in Africana Studies

This course explores some issue, theme or period related to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Spring Semester information

Leonard Foy

290A: Tps:The Music of Black Americans

Vanessa Dickerson

290B: Tps:African American Lit

Matthew Oware

290C: Tps:Sociology of Hip Hop

Fall Semester information

Deborah Geis

290A: Tps:Contemporary African American Drama

This course is for students who are interested in learning about the major playwrights and artistic/political movements in mid-twentieth and twenty-first century African American drama. We will begin with some earlier works from the Civil Rights and Black Arts eras (e.g., Douglas Turner Ward, Amiri Baraka), but most of the course will focus on later plays, including significant Black women playwrights of the seventies (e.g., Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange), and major theater voices from more recent times (e.g., Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Suzan-Lori Parks). Students should be prepared to participate actively in discussions and scenes, as well as to do a significant amount of writing since this is a "W" course.