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Spring 2021 Middle East UN3121 section 001

Call Number 11189
Day & Time
MW 4:10pm-5:25pm
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Jennifer Wenzel
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Generations of resistance have shaped contemporary life in South Africa -- in struggles against colonialism, segregation, the legislated racism known as apartheid, and the entrenched inequalities of the post-apartheid era. Two constants in this history of struggle have been youth as a vanguard of liberation movements and culture as a weapon of struggle. As new generation of South African youth -- the born frees -- has now taken to the streets and social media to decolonize the university and claim their education as a meaningful right, this course traces the ways that generations of writers, artists, and activists have faced censorship, exile, and repression in an ongoing struggle to dismantle apartheid and to free the mind, the most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor according to Black Consciousness activist Steve Biko. This course traces the profoundly important roles that literature and other cultural production (music, photography, film, comics, Twitter hashtags like #rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall) have played in struggle against apartheid and its lingering afterlife. Although many of our texts were originally written in English, we will also discuss the historical forces, including nineteenth-century Christian missions and Bantu Education, as well as South Africas post-1994 commitment to being a multilingual democracy, that have shaped the linguistic texture of South African cultural life.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 44 students (54 max) as of 11:38AM Sunday, November 28, 2021
Subject Middle East
Number UN3121
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MDES3121W001

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