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DHUM 1405A - Black Capitals: Paris and New York

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

What distinctions must be made between New York-black American experiences and realities for Blacks in Paris? What are the historical linkages between black Americans and Paris? Between black Americans and black French women and men? How is “blackness” a category into which all non-white racial others are conscripted? (e.g. Arab and Roma communities)? Using an internationalist (specifically transatlantic) approach and covering the 20th and 21st centuries, this course explores these and other questions over the course of the semester through a close consideration of the literature, arts, culture, history and politics emanating from or dealing with Black Paris and New York. Implicating in particular the real and mythologized site-ciphers that were and are New York, USA and Paris, France, the texts and artifacts examined in this course will consider “race” as both fact and fantasy in the unique, long-historical relationship between black Paris and New York.


SOUMAHORO, Maboula (maitre de conférences)

Course validation

1. Students are expected to attend all classes, complete all assigned readings and actively participate in class discussions. Absence from more than 2 classes will result in a failing grade. 2. Students are required to make oral presentations individually or in groups, based on the number of students (25% of final grade). Oral presentations must be supported by a written version of the presentation (25% of final grade). Following their oral presentation students will lead class discussion around their assigned topic. 3. Students will either: write an 8 to 10-page, double-spaced research paper (notes and bibliography included) addressing issues studied over the semester or Complete a digital project (50% of final grade)

Required reading

Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic in Paris (Internet) and Between the World and Me, New York: Speigel & Grau, 2015

Additional required reading

  • Darlene Clark Hine, Trica D. Keaton, Stephen Small (eds.), Black Europe and the African Diaspora, University of Illinois Priess, 2009
  • Claude McKay, Amiable with Big Teeth, New York: Penguin Books, 2017
  • Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola, Peter J. Bloom (eds.), Frenchness and the African Diaspora, Indiana University Press, 2009