Course Readings

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Jan. 23  Corey D. B. Walker:
Black Intellectuals in the Age of Empire

Hazel Carby, "'Of Lasting Service for the Race': The Work of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper," in Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist, 62-94.

Wilson J. Moses, "The Lost World of the Negro, 1895-1919: Black Literary and Intellectual Life before the 'Renaissance'," Black American Literature Forum, 21.1-2, (Spring-Summer, 1987), 61-84.

Michelle A. Stephens, "Black Transnationalism and the Politics of National Identity: West Indian Intellectuals in Harlem in the Age of War and Revolution," American Quarterly, 50.3 (1998), 592-608.

Jan. 25   Kimberley Phillips: Race and Gender

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. 1992. African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 17(2):251-274

Kelley, Robin D. G. 1994. "The Riddle of the Zoot," Chapter 7 in Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and Black Working Class. New York: The Free Press, pp. 161-181.

Jan. 30  Tejumola Olaniyan: New Trajectories in African and African American Studies

Adams, Russell L., 1994. "African American Studies and the State of the Art," 26-45. In Africana Studies: A Survey of Africa and the African Diaspora, ed. Mario Azevedo. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Olaniyan, Tejumola, 1995. "Afrocentrism," Social Dynamics 21(2):91-105.

Stewart, James B., 1997. "Reaching for Higher Ground: Toward and Understanding of Black/Africana Studies," 108-139 In James L. Conyers, Jr., ed., Africana Studies: A Disciplinary Quest for Both Theory and Method. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company.

Feb. 1  Eric Lott: Towards the Abolition of Whiteness

Feb. 6  Olufemi Taiwo: Discussion of "Black Is, Black Ain't"

You must see the film before the class. The film will be shown at Clemons 201 at the following times:

Wednesday, January 31st 5-7pm
Thursday, February 1st 5-7pm




Feb. 13  Jeff Fleisher: Race and Human Classification

Required Readings:

Diamond, Jared. "Race without Color," Discover (November 1994): 82-89.

Tierney, John with Lynda Wright and Karen Springen, "The Search for Adam and Eve," Newsweek Jan. 11, 1988, pp. 46-52.

Wolpoff, Milford, Alan Thorne, Roger Lawn, "The Case Againse Eve," New Scientist 130 (June 22, 1991): 37-.

Other Readings :

Feb. 15  Olufemi Taiwo: Race and the Enlightenment

Mills, Charles. 1998. 'Non-Cartesian Sums: Philosophy and the African-American Experience.' In Blackness Visible: Essays On Philosophy and Race. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), chapter 1..

Taiwo, Olufemi. Exorcising Hegel's Ghost: Africa's Challenge to Philosophy. African Studies Quarterly, 1(4).

Feb. 20  Jemima Pierre: Diaspora and the Dynamics of Racialization

Omi, Michael and Howard Winant. 1992. "Racial Formation." In Racial Formation in the United States From the 1960s to the 1990s. New York: Routlege and Kegan Paul, pp. 53-76.

Winant, Howard. 1994. "The Theoretical Status of the Concept of Race." In Racial Conditions: Politics, Theory, Comparisons. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 13-21.

Wamba, Philippe. 1997. "While the Lion's at Your Door: American Blacks, Africans and the Killing of Amadou Diallo." CommonQuest 4 (2): 42-49.

Ms. Pierre's lecture notes on Diaspora.

Feb. 22  Milton Vickerman: Conceptions of Race in the West Indies and the U.S.

Milton Vickerman, Crosscurrents: West Indian Immigrants and Race (Oxford University Press, 1998), Chapter 2.

Feb. 27  David T. Haberly: Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Identity

Page, Joseph A. 1995. The Brazilians. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. Chapters 2 (pp. 57-84) and 14 (pp. 351-370).

You must see the film "Bahia: Africa in the Americas" (VHS4236) BEFORE class.
There will be two showings at the following times:

Date Time Place
February 21 5-6pm Clemons 322B
February 22 6-7pm Clemons 201

Mar. 8  Kandioura Dramé: Discussion of Camp de Thiaroye

The first half of the film (VHS 10066) will be shown in class on March 1st.
You must watch the second half of the film *BEFORE* the class discussion.

There will be two showings at the following times:

Date Time Place
March 6 9-11pm Clemons 322B
March 7 4-6pm Clemons 201



Mar. 20  Ernest Allen: Black Nationalism

August Meier, "The Emergence of Negro Nationalism: A Study in Ideologies," in Along the Color Line, Explorations in the Black Experience, August Meier and Elliott Rudwick (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1976), 189-216.

Albert J. Raboteau, "African-Americans, Exodus, and the American Israel," in A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History (Boston: Beacon Press, 1995), 17-36.

Barbara Bair, "True Women, Real Men: Gender, Ideology, and Social Roles in the Garvey Movement," in Gendered Domains: Rethinking Public and Private in Women's History: Essays From the Seventh Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, eds. Dorothy O. Helly and Susan M. Reverby (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992), 154-66.

Ernest Allen, Jr., "Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Continuing Evolution of the Nation of Islam," in The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan, ed. Amy Alexander (New York: Grove Press, 1998), 52-102.

Larry Neal, "The Black Arts Movement," in Visions of a Liberated Future: Black Arts Movement Writings, ed. Michael Schwartz (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989), 62-78.

Mar. 22  Ernest Allen: Pan Africanism

Walter L. Williams, "Black American Attitudes Toward Africa, 1877-1900," Pan African Journal 4 (Spring 1971): 173-94.

Imanuel Geiss, "Du Bois and the Pan-African Conference Movement," in The Pan-African Movement; A History of Pan-Africanism in America, Europe, and Africa, trans. Ann Keep (New York: Africana Pub. Co., 1974), chpt. 12: 229-62.

Rupert Lewis, "[Garvey's] Contribution to African Liberation Struggles," in Marcus Garvey: Anti-Colonial Champion (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1988), chpt. 9: 153-177.

Penny M. Von Eschen, "The Making of the Politics of the African Diaspora," in Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997), chpt. 1: 7-21.

Mar. 27  Hanan Sabea: Anti-Colonialism: Struggles, Connections, and Imaginations

Curtin, P. et al. 1978. "African Resistance and the Liquidation of the European Empire" in African History pp. 575-592.

Ranger, Terrence. 1986. "Resistance in Africa: From Nationalist Revolt to Agrarian Protest" in Resistance Studies in African, Caribbean and Afro-American History. Gary Okihiro (ed.). Pp. 32-52.

von Eschen, Penny. 1997. "The Making of the Politics of the African Diaspora" in Race Against Empire. Black Americans and Anti-colonialism, 1937-1957. Pp.7-21.

Mar. 29  Paul M. Gaston: Jim Crow Must Go: The UVA Story

Woodward, C. Vann. 1974. "The Man on the Cliff" and "The Declining Years of Jim Crow," Chapters 4 and 5 In The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 111-188.

Gaston, Paul. "'Sitting In' in the Sixties."

King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1963. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Apr. 3  Suzanne E. Smith: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit

These readings will only be available at the Clemons Reserve Desk.

Smith, Suzanne E. 2000. Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, pp. 1-53.



Apr. 10  Mieka Brand: African American Archaeology

Required Readings:

Singleton, Theresa A. 1991. The Archaeology of Slave Life. In Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South.

Deagan, Kathleen A. and Jane Landers. 1999. Fort Mose: Earliest Free African-American Town in the United States. In "I, too, am America": Archaeological Studies of African American Life, Teresa A. Singleton, ed. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.


Samford, P. 1999. Strong is the bond of kinship: West African ancestor shrines and sub-floor pits on African-American quarters. In Ethnicity in Historical Archaeology, edited by Maria Franklin and Garrett Fesler, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Research Publications, Williamsburg.

Apr. 12  Michael Gomez: Praying and Flying: Vignettes of Africans in Early America

Gomez, Michael A. Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South, chapters 4 and 6.

Apr. 17  Wallace Best: African American Religion

E. Franklin Frazier. The Religion of the Slaves. Chapter One in The Negro Church.

Lawrence Levine. The Sacred World of Black Slaves. Chapter One in Black Culture and Black Consciousness.

Apr. 19  Isabel Mukonyora: The Interpretation of Independent Churches of Africa

Mukonyora, Isabel. "African Indigenous Churches: An Introduction to Independency."

Woodward, Kenneth L. 2001. "The Changing Face of the Church." Newsweek, April 16.

Apr. 24  John Mason: Yoruba Religion in the New World