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CRTSD-1500-9: FiCS:Thinking Race, Writing Culture

Spring 2022

Subject: Critical Studies
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Level: Undergraduate

Campus: San Francisco
Course Dates: January 18, 2022 — May 08, 2022
Meetings: Thu 12:00-03:00PM, San Francisco - Main Building - 141
Instructor: Michael Washington

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 13/16 Waitlist


What is critique? And how does the practice of critique open up the ways in which we understand culture, race, and identity? In what ways does the artist, writing, making and finding forms for the sensibilities of being human in the world, become critical? Engaging this precise question, James Baldwin, in one of his last interviews, and commenting on the work of Toni Morrison, says that Morrison is very “painful” to read precisely because you “recognize the truth” in her work, and the results are “lethal.” In this class, we are going to think together about what might be “lethal” about the practice of the critique of race and culture. Through an engagement with a number of artists of color who think about the politics of culture in their work, we will sit with a series of questions: In what ways does the imagination function as political enunciation? What is the relation between aesthetic form, critique, and practices of liberation? How does thinking critically about race and culture help us to imagine new forms of relationality and social life?

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