Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

CRES 132 Black Speculations

Traces the heterogenous historic, material, and ephemeral manifestations of Blackness and the Black radical imaginary in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and visionary literary, sonic, and visual cultural forms. Identifies how Black speculative aesthetic, cultural, and political practices reorients understanding of the past, recalibrates elation to the present, remaps assumptive notions of space and time, and allows us to reimagine our futures. Class collectively identifies, interprets, and puts into conversation the meaning-making speculative practices of Black diasporic writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, abolitionists, even in genres and traditions seldom thought of as speculative. Class pays particular attention to Black diasporic/international contributions to these genres.



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Sophia Azeb