Comparative Literature | Lit. in Intellectual/ Cultural Context
C641 | 25162 | Prof. Halloran


MW 2:30-3:45 BH 137

٭٭carries A&H and culture studies credit٭٭

In this course, we will read literary, historical and theoretical
texts that discuss the phenomenon of New World slavery from a
variety of perspectives.  As a socioeconomic model practiced
throughout the European colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas
from the 16th until the 19th centuries,  New World slavery shaped
the racial makeup of the populations of these regions, as well as
having a direct impact on the legal system, religious practice,
music and literary production and even the ecology for generations
thereafter.   Taking a comparative approach, we will discuss how
novels, short stories, slave narratives and propaganda for slavery
as well as for abolition shape the way we understand and(re) imagine
slavery today.  We will consider contemporary references to slavery
within popular culture, as well as compare visual depictions of the
Middle Passage in painting, film and television.  Course work for
this class will be:  one short paper (5pp), one long paper (10pp), a
movie analysis (2pp) and midterm & final.  Graduate student
requirements: one short paper (5pp), one long paper (15-20pp), and
an oral presentation.