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American Environments to 1893


This seminar examines the ways in which African people have understood sex, gender, sexuality and to a lesser degree, race, as categories of knowledge; in comparative perspective with critical theories of race, Diaspora studies, feminist studies, masculinity studies, and queer theory. Relying on foundational texts and films, the course interrogates the ever-shifting constructions and performances of masculinity, female power and authority and sexuality in Africa in varied contexts such as pre-colonial state formation, the Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, nationalism, apartheid and military regimes.

Satisfies a major requirement in History, Africana Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a concentration requirement in Gender Studies