Comparative Literature | Studies in Comparative Literature: African American Artists in Paris
C400 | 26849 | Professor Eileen Julien


Tues & Thurs, 11:15 am-12:30 pm
This course fulfills COLL A&H requirements

As early as the 1800s, free New Orleanians of color journeyed to
France, a country that seemed to offer them greater freedom.  Since
then, countless African American writers, musicians, visual artists
and performers have made France and Paris their adopted home.  By
studying the lives and work of figures such as Claude McKay, Josephine
Baker, Lois Mailou Jones, Richard Wright, Chester Himes, James
Baldwin, Miles Davis, Melvin Dixon, Faith Ringgold, Barbara
Chase-Riboud, and African, Caribbean, and French intellectual
counterparts (Léopold Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Jean Paul Sartre, Jean
Genêt), we will examine a range of issues, including the historical
and cultural ties of New Orleans to the Caribbean and France,
migration and exile, the négritude movement and the Harlem
Renaissance, the jazz age, transnationalism, and the performance of
multi-faceted  identities.