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ENGL 4912 Advanced Topic Seminar: Whiteness and the Narratives of Race (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Do races exist? Is "White" a color like "Black" or "Asian" or "Hispanic"? What is whiteness and why is it the norm against which "people of color" are identified? What is the relation between race and nationality, or race and language group? Given its competing definitions, how should we understand the term "racism"? This seminar will discuss legal, political and cultural theories about race and racism in relation to narratives from around the world. Our goal is to understand how color, nationality and identity become political by probing the underlying logic of social inequality.


Instructor(s): Kalpana Seshadri

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13