The word 'love' is almost never used in any portrayal or description of the African American community's daily life in contemporary media and in the social sciences. But love, as a human experience, is central to our understanding of what it means to be a vital member of a culture and society and thus respected, nurtured, etc. This seminar examines the love that difference makes. It is a comprehensive study of the representation of gender, love and sexuality in African American and African Diasporan culture. It introduces students to some of the principal questions of feminist theory, as viewed from the social sciences and humanities including anthropology, psychology, media studies and literature. Love, in all its many forms: familial, erotic, romantic, fraternal, is abundant, sometimes dominant, in black culture in the form of song, film, poetry and rhyme, and literature. This course will review and analyze the ‘look of Black love’ in the humanities and social sciences and writings on intersubjectivity, family, language, culture and ritual. It will also look at the absence of love within and toward the African American community as well as love’s role in movements like Black Lives Matter. We will closely read, watch and listen to some of the many Black artists who have looked deeply at this thing called Love. How Sweet it Is explores and analyzes Black Love from disciplinary, social and cultural perspectives including: family, romance, gender, sexuality, racism, and physical and emotional health, institutions and space, place and home.
Faculty: Marcyliena Morgan
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Tues, 12:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET