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HMS-454P Creative Practices/Afrosurrealism

3 Credits

This course focuses on afrosurrealism as a creative practice that repositions Blackness as central to surrealism, a movement that aims to usher in a new world connected organically to this one. The course weaves together the critical works of the Caribbean nationals who found liberation from European colonialism in surrealism in the middle of the twentieth century and the late twentieth century work of creative practitioners such as Amiri Baraka and Kara Walker. As an introduction to aesthetics and poetics in the African diaspora, the class operates as a community that gathers collective and individual impressions in the landscape and language for shared and individual projects.