|Course ID:||CMLT(AFAM)(AFST)(GEOG)(LACS) 4260/6260. 3 hours. |
|Course Title:||The Black and Green Atlantic: Crosscurrents of the African and Irish Diasporas|
|An exploration of the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish
experiences in the Atlantic world through the study of
cultural production from the United States, Africa, Britain,
the Caribbean, and Ireland.|
|Oasis Title:||The Black and Green Atlantic|
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
We will examine work by established and emerging scholars in
tandem with a broad range of texts––works of fiction,
autobiography, music, poetry, and cinema, etc. Several movies
and documentaries will be shown in class. Our methodological
approach will be interdisciplinary, transnational, and
transcultural in scope. In addition to intensive reading,
students will give one 10-15 minute presentation, a short
essay based on the presentation (4-6 pages) and a final
essay (8-10 pages). There will be 5 quizzes in the semester.
The course goals include the following: first, students will
draw comparisons between the Black and Green Atlantics that go
beyond the usual “influence” model, with the ultimate aim of
reaching a better understanding of racialization processes in
the transnational context. Second, in the process of active
participation in class discussions, students will learn to hone
their critical thinking skills, and third, students will learn
to apply those skills through effective academic writing.
Suggested Topics Week by Week:
Week One The Black and Green Atlantic I.
Tues: The Black and Green Atlantic: An
Thurs: Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic
READINGS Gilroy Chapters 1 & 2
Week Two The Black and Green Atlantic II.
Tues.: The Black and Green Atlantic
READINGS: Gilroy Chapters 3 & 4; David Lloyd.
Thurs.: The Black Atlantic Cont.
READINGS Gilroy Chapters 5 & 6
Week Three Irish Frederick Douglass
Tues.: Documentary Film: Frederick Douglass
and the White Negro.
Followed by discussion.
READINGS: Selections from Douglass, My Bondage,
Thurs.: Douglass in Ireland
READINGS: Jenkins;* MacSweeney.**
Week Four Ventriloquizing Blackness: Eugene O’Neill and
American Racial Performance.
Tues.: Movie: The Emperor Jones. Followed by
READINGS: Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones
Thurs.: Eugene O’Neill and The Emperor Jones
Week Five Under the Imperial Gaze: Ireland and Jamaica
Tues: Froude, Carlyle and Mill on Ireland and
READINGS: Selections from James Anthony
Froude’s The English in the West Indies,**
Thomas Carlyle, “The Negro Question,”** and
J.S. Mill, “England and Ireland.”**
Thurs.: Froude etc. cont.
READINGS: Malouf, Ch 1.
Week Six Revolutionaries, Renegades, and Redlegs
Tues.: In-class documentary film The Redlegs
(The Afro-Irish of Barbados.) Plus a film on
Montserrat’s “Black Irish.”
Thurs: In-class documentary film PBS’s Marcus
Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind followed
by lecture/discussion: The Irish Marcus Garvey
READINGS: Garvey, Selected Writings**; Malouf
Week Seven Green Claude McKay
Tues: Banjo. PLUS Short movie clips on McKay’s
READINGS: Claude McKay Banjo. Selected poetry.
Thurs.: The Irish Claude McKay
READINGS: McKay “How Black sees Green;”**
Malouf Ch. 3.
Week Eight Black Samuel Beckett
Tues.; Film: Waiting for Godot. Followed by
READINGS: Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
Thurs.: Beckett and the Black Atlantic
Week Nine Irish Nationalism––Caribbean Poetics:
Tues. May 24th & Thurs. May 26th: Poetry in the
Black and Green
Poetry: Selections from the following poets: W.
B. Yeats, Derek
Walcott, Michael Collins, Marlene Nourbese
Philips, Eavan Boland.
Criticism: Malouf, “Epilogue;”
Malouf, “Transatlantic Fugue;” Letmann.
Week Ten Ireland to Africa
Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Yeats, “The Second Coming” and other poems.
Week Eleven Africa to Ireland
Thiong’o, Decolonising the Mind.
Week Twelve Celtic Caribbean
McCafferty, Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl
Malouf Ch. 4.
Week Thirteen Sounds Black and Green
Music from Black 47; Afro-Celt Sound System.
Irish Reggae Band and more
Week Fourteen Black and Green on the Screen.
Film. Students will choose music/ films of the
Black and Green Atlantic.
READINGS: Malouf, Ch. 5.
Week Fifteen TBA.
Week Sixteen TBA
All readings marked with an asterisk (*) are in O’Neill and
Lloyd’s The Black and Green Atlantic. Those marked ** are
available on the course book.