From the 16th through the 19th centuries, the Transatlantic slave trade meant roughly two-thirds of those who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas were African. This unit introduces students to the complexities of race and representation by examining the responses to and expressive forms arising from the social, political and cultural interactions of African, Caribbean, American and European peoples that together produced what Paul Gilroy termed the Black Atlantic. We examine a range of literary and film texts from Britain and the Americas from the 18th century to the present to consider slavery and its legacies, plantation cultures, and the cultural and historical work of 'blackness. '
1 x 1hr lecture/week, 1x 2hr tutorial/week
2x1000wd Close-reading exercise (40%), 1x500wd Reflection on feedback (15%), 1x2000wd Essay (45%)