Racial Identity in the American Imagination
From Sally Hemings to Barack Obama, this course explores the ways that racial identity has been experienced, represented, and contested throughout American history. Engaging historical, legal, and literary texts and films, this course examines major historical transformations that have shaped our understanding of racial identity. This course also draws on other imaginative modes including autobiography, memoir, photography, and music to consider the ways that racial identity has been represented in American society. Most broadly, this course interrogates the problem of American identity and examines the interplay between racial identity and American identity.
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, African American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race
Toni Morrison, On the Backs of Blacks
Philip Deloria, Playing Indian