Themes in American Studies




This course will be divided into two parts. In the first we will examine the works of a group of contemporary scholars (Tiya Miles, Lisa Lowe, Marisa Fuentes, Sarah Haley, Saidiya Hartman, Jose Munoz, and Daphne Brooks) who are deeply interested in the function of gender in our societies and whose work is either exclusively or largely focused on the Americas. More importantly, each of the individuals whose work we will examine is deeply committed both to using traditional archives in innovative and unexpected ways and to expanding radically what we mean when we use the word “archive.” We will not attempt to survey the massive amount of American-focused and archivally based work on gender. Instead, the goal of the course is to familiarize students with key texts as a prelude to their beginning to develop their own rich theoretical apparatuses and starting the process of defining their own fields of inquiry. Thus, in the second part of the course students will begin work with archival materials (located at Harvard or elsewhere) that will hopefully prove useful to them as they move forward in their careers. These efforts will culminate with a public conference that will take place at the end of the semester.
Additional Information:
Faculty: Robert Reid-Pharr
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Thursday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm