Spring 2023 Middle East GU4152 section 001

RETHINKING FREEDOM IN AFRICA

Call Number 11973
Day & Time
Location
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
101 Knox Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Elleni Zeleke
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Through the study of a set of key theoretical and fictional texts that range from the late 1960s to the present we will attempt to understand the “pitfalls of national consciousness” within historically existing African emancipatory projects. The texts that we will read will help us comprehend the nature of race, racism, ethnicity, and class struggle within the struggle for African freedom. Overall, the course will unfold in four sequences. In the first sequence we will examine the new debates that have emerged from within the Afro-pessimist literature. Here we will be concerned with the assertion within this body of writing about the impossibility of a collective African emancipatory project in this world. Secondly, because the Afro-pessimist literature is primarily concerned with rethinking freedom in Africa through Frantz Fanon, the course will then turn to the most recent secondary literature on Fanon from Africa (broadly conceived). Our objective here is twofold: to stage a debate regarding stakes between this secondary literature and the Afro-pessimist literature and to pose the question more generally of what it has meant to think of freedom from within Africa. The third sequence of the course will then turn to a rereading of classic texts associated with African emancipatory projects including the writings of Fanon, Amìlcar Cabral, and Steve Biko as a way to ground our thinking within these debates. Lastly, we will turn to the novels of Ben Okri so as to potentially identify and rethink the limits of contemporary debates about the prospects for freedom in Africa today.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 6 students (20 max) as of 9:07PM Monday, July 22, 2024
Subject Middle East
Number GU4152
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231MDES4152W001