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AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-340
Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Explores the contemporary and historical development of Washington D.C. and the Chesapeake region; or invites students to interact with communities and the environment in the area. Usually offered every term.

AMST-340
001
AMERICAN STUDIES
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Community Activism and Regional Studies (3)

Black Popular Culture in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. serves as inspiration for this course in which students critically engage contemporary and twentieth-century Black/African-American pop cultural formations and portrayals of Black people in America. The course examines film, go-go, blues/jazz, spoken word, crime fiction, and new digital media (blogs, YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr), holding in critical abeyance the concept of "Blackness," asking what it does for our critical engagement with the texts. The class also considers the particularities of Washington, D.C., asking what "Blackness" means in this context and how popular culture helps to mediate this understanding.