The entire syllabus can be downloaded here.
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Please read and review the assigned works for class on the day that they are listed.
Assignments are due on the dates listed in the schedule.
Readings not included in the Required Books will be made available online, here on this page of the course website, and are marked in the schedule with an asterisk (*).
Most of the articles can also be found through the library website.
This schedule is subject to change according to the pace and interests of our class. In particular, the library research workshop scheduled for Week 9 is especially vulnerable to change.
Week 1: August 25: Introductions; Syllabus and Requirements; Overview of Atlantic World Studies and the Black Atlantic; Historical Contexts for Primary Texts as well as the Scholarship/Recovery History; Shifts in definitions of “race” in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century; Anglophone culture and the British Empire.
Week 2: Sept 1: Black Atlantic:
Gilroy. The Black Atlantic
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Week 3: Sept 8: Responses to Gilroy:
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*All Online This Week
Weaver, Jace. “The Red Atlantic: Transoceanic Cultural Exchanges.” American Indian Quarterly 35.3 (Summer 2011): 419-463
Gikandi, Simon. “Afterword: Outside the Black Atlantic.” Researching African Literature 45.3 (Fall 2014): 241-244
Goyal, Yogita. “Africa and the Black Atlantic.” Research in African Literatures 45. 3 (Fall 2014)
Schindler, Melissa. “Home, or the Limits of the Black Atlantic” African Literatures 45.3 (Fall 2014)
Watch BA @ 20 Symposium
Week 4: Sept 15: British Atlantic Fantasies:
Presentations start this week
Presentation: Barbra Chin
*All Online This Week
Behn. Oroonoko (1688).
Beach, Adam R. “Behn’s Oroonoko, the Gold Coast, and Slavery in the Early-Modern Atlantic World.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 39 (2010) 215-233
Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock. “Chapter 3: Transportation” New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke 2014) (coming soon)
Smallwood, Stephanie E. “African Guardians, European Slave Ships, and the Changing Dynamics of Power in the Early Modern Atlantic.” The William and Mary Quarterly 64.4 (Oct., 2007): 679-716
Yang, Chi-Ming. “Asia out of Place: The Aesthetics of Incorruptibility in Behn’s Oroonoko.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42.2 (Winter, 2009): 235-253
Week 5: Sept 22: Revolution, Haiti, and the Black Atlantic:
Presentation: Trevon Pegram
James. Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution.
Week 6: Sept 29: Saint-Domingue, cont’d:
Library Visit This Week
Please meet at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (downstairs in Founders) at 1:10pm
*All Online This Week:
Johnson, Sara. “Chapter 2: “’Une et indivisible?’: The Struggle for Freedom in Hispaniola.” The Fear of French Negroes.
Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. “Chapter 2: The Three Faces of Sans Souci” Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
Week 7: Oct 6: Authorship, Authority, and Abolition:
Equiano. The Interesting Narrative (1789) in The Classic Slave Narratives.
* Green, James. “The publishing history of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 16: 3 (1995)
*Lowe, Lisa. “Chapter 2: Autobiography Out of Empire.” The Intimacy of Four Continents. (Duke 2015).
Week 8: Oct 13: Women and Colonial Emancipation:
Presentation: Salisa Grant
Prince. The History of Mary Prince in The Classic Slave Narratives.
* Araujo, Ana Lucia. “Black Purgatory: Enslaved Women’s Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.” Slavery and Abolition (2015)
*Sharpe, Jenny. “‘Something Akin to Freedom’: The Case of Mary Prince.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 8.1. (1996): 31-56
*Shum, Matthew. “The Prehistory of The History of Mary Prince: Thomas Pringle’s ‘The Bechuana Boy.’” Nineteenth-Century Literature 64.3 (2009): 291-322
Week 9: Oct 20: Digital Archives and Library Research Workshop:
In addition to the online sources, in-class there will be a discussion and workshop on library research skills
*All Online this Week
Explore The Early Caribbean Digital Archive, especially Nicole Aljoe’s “Early Caribbean Slave Narrative” exhibit
Stedman. “Narrative of Joanna; An Emancipated Slave, of Surinam.” (From Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Year’s Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam). (1838).
Week 10: Oct 27: Free, Anglophone Women of Color
Presentation: Courtnee Fenner and Amirah Heath
Seacole. The Wonderous Adventures of Mrs. Seacole
Due to travel to give a talk, I will not hold office hours on Wednesday, Oct 28.
Week 11: Nov 3: Recovery, Revolution, and Oral History:
Presentation: Orrieann Florius
Barnet. Biography of a Runaway Slave (1966)
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Week 12: Nov 10: Arabic Atlantics:
Presentation: Gadah Algarni
*All Online This Week
Bluett. Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon… (1734)
Said and Jameson. Autobiography of Omar ibn Said, Slave in North Carolina, 1831. (1925):
Horn, Patrick E. “Coercion, Conversions, Subversions: The Nineteenth-Century Salve Narratives of Omar ibn Said, Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, and Nicolas Said.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 27.1 (Summer 2012): 45-66
Osman, Ghada and Camille F. Forbes. “Representing the West in the Arabic Language: The Slave Narrative of Omar Ibn Said” Journal of Islamic Studies 15.3: (2004): 331-343
Nov 12: Seminar Paper Proposal & Bibliography Due in by 5pm in the envelope by my office
Week 13: Nov 17: Imagined Archives:
Brink. Philida. Oral Book Reviews Begin
Week 14: Nov 24 to Week 15: Dec 1: Reviews Cont’d & Seminar Paper Discussions
Exam Week: Seminar Paper due Monday, December 14th by 5pm, in the envelope at my office door.