First cycle degree in MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES (discontinued)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester


Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with basic facts of US history, culture and literature and have an advanced knowledge of English
Examination methods: Final paper, about 15 pages long, for each module and discussion of the paper. The student can opt for an oral exam, which is mandatory if you have not attended classes. Active participation in class discussions.
Course unit contents: Representing Blackness in the US and the Black Diaspora: Literature, the Arts, Popular Culture
Race, according to most contemporary critical race theorists, is not a biological fact but rather a symbolic category which is constantly contructed, deconstructed and reconstructed via discursive practices. After a preliminary introduction to the current debate on the relation between reality and representation and to the interpretive methodologies employed by Visual Culture Studies, this course will explore the multiple meanings of blackness produced by the history of the Black Diaspora in the Americas. We will examine an array of texts (novels and short stories, films, graphic novels, popular culture), organized so as to illuminate a number of conceptual and thematic knots (gender, racial stereotypes, adoption/subversion of stereotypes, representations of black heroism), as a way to achieve a critical understanding of narrations and counternarrations of black identity.