Interracial Encounters in American Literature and Culture (Gen Ed 1135)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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Ju Yon Kim

From depictions of exchanges in the early colonial Americas to efforts to envision alternate and imminent futures, this class will examine representations of interracial encounters in U.S. American culture. We will explore how various texts and performances have conceived, embodied, and reimagined the relationships not only among differently racialized groups, but also between race and nation, individual and community, and art and politics. Topics addressed in this course will include narratives of indigeneity, contact, and migration; cross-racial performances and the question of cultural appropriation; political and artistic collaborations; and interracial encounters in a transnational context. Course requirements will include two exams, two papers, and individual and group creative projects.

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