Soul Power: A Natural History of Black Cultural Politics

History 103D.003

Fall 2005
Instructor (text): 
210 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 10-12

This seminar will examine the origins, development, meanings, and consequences of Black Cultural Politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Put another way, we will examine the nexus between the Black Freedom Struggle, on one hand, and Black Culture, on the other. The particular emphasis will be the relationship between black expressive culture, especially black folk culture and black popular culture, and black politics. Possible topics to be covered include: Antebellum Slave Culture; Free Black Culture in the Nineteenth Century; The Harlem Renaissance; The Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s; Early Hip Hop, Rap and Post-Black Power Politics. Possible genres to be discussed include: Black Music; Black Humor; Black Visual Art; Black Sports; and, Black Literature. Possible texts: Angela Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; Shane and Graham White, Stylin': African American Expressive Culture; Sterling Stuckey, Slave Culture; Lawrence Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness; Tricia Rose, Black Noise, Rap Music and Black Culture.