2017-2018 Catalog

ENGL 377 Literature and Other Arts

On Afrofuturism

This course interrogates the intellectual and artistic dimensions of the Afrofuturism movement. From the present day, going at least as far back as Phillis Wheatley's poetry, one finds a robust exploration of black culture's relationship to technology and futurity that diverges from Eurocentric standards of civilizational progress. The course will focus on literature and related genres, including music and film. Students will engage the work of Alondra Nelson, John Akomfrah, Sir Thomas More, Tracy K. Smith, Phillis Wheatley, Will Alexander, Evie Shockley, Sun Ra, Outkast, Octavia Butler, and others. Major requirement met: Group III/IV.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity