HIST233 - FASHION & IMAGE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Description: 
This course takes an historical approach to understanding the myriad functions of clothing and material goods in the African Diaspora. We will begin with a comparative analysis of the role of material culture during the period of American slavery, by exploring the significance of such items as jewelry, ceremonial costumes, and spiritual artifacts. As the course moves into the modern era, we will consider several questions. What did it mean, for example, for black soldiers to wear uniforms during times of war? What is the role of fashion in music and expressive culture? How do gender ideals and class aspirations shape attitudes about clothing, bodily display, and consumption patterns? Through readings, analyses of visual iconography, class discussions, student presentations, and analytical writing assignments, we will gain a more layered understanding of the role of material culture in inscribing difference and signaling belonging.
Instructors: 
WALKER, TAMARA
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

MCNEIL CENTER FOR EARLY AMERI 105

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • AFRC234401
  • LALS233401
Registration Notes: 
CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS