Intro to Afropessimism (LIT2547.01)

Anaïs Duplan

Afropessimists believe our world is basically hopeless. White supremacy is written into every layer of life, an escapable aspect of the modern condition. This hopelessness, though, is just the beginning for the Afropessimist, who nonetheless plots out a radical course forward–– Could pessimism be the real path to freedom? Through a deep reading of Frank B. Wilderson III, Saidyah Hartman, Jared Sexton, and others, we will mine the generative possibilities of this so-called “pessimism” about the Black condition. Students should expect about 40-60 pages of critical/theoretical reading per week, along with a handful of critical response papers.

Learning Outcomes:
- Develop familiarity with Afropessimist thought and writers
- Develop critical reading and writing abilities
- Distinguish Afropessimism from other schools of Black radical thought

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Black Studies , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Literature