"No one to welcome me to the land of freedom": African Americans' long struggle for freedom, civil rights and social justice from the abolition of slavery to Black Lives Matter (1818-2018).
Against the backdrop of the Trump presidency, module 1 will address African Americans' long march towards self-emancipation and the overcoming of social and economic inequalities from the abolition of slavery to our complex and controversial present. Celebrating 2018 as being both the bicentenary of Frederick Douglass' birth and the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, jr., this module will move from a brief introduction to Atlantic slavery and its abolition in order to analyse the thought and civil action practices developed by Black intellectuals and militants since the end of the nineteenth century. Special attention will be given to the civil rights struggle and its iconic leaders, to the Obama presidency and the current age of Black Lives Matter. African American rhetorical style and strategies will also be a focus for analysis.
This module is taught mostly in Italian; study material and audiovisual matter are in English.
· Excerpts from speeches and texts by intellectuals, activists and politicians (among others: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, jr, James Baldwin, Malcom X, Henry Louis Gates, jr, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates) - These texts will be available on the Ariel website of the course.
· Michael Jay Freedman, "Free at Last: The US Civil Rights Movement". 2008. L'elenco delle sezioni da studiare sarà pubblicato sul sito Ariel all'inizio del corso. Il testo, in open access, sarà disponibile sul sito Ariel.
1 to be selected from the following list:
· Dewey M. Clayton, "Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement: A Comparative Analysis of Two Social Movements in the United States", Journal of Black Studies, 49(5), 2018, pp. 448-480
· Dana A. Williams, "Racial Mythologies, Neoliberal Seductions, and the Fictioning of Blackness: An SOS from "Old Lem"", American Literary History, 28, 4, 2016, pp. 835-844.
Plus 1 to be selected from the following list:
· Marian Meyers & Carmen Goman, "Michelle Obama: Exploring the Narrative", Howard Journal of Communications, 28:1, 2017, pp. 20-35
· Claire Sisco King & Vanessa B. Beasley, "Running on screen while black: Representations of black presidential candidates in U.S. film and television", Quarterly Journal of Speech, 103:1-2, 2017, pp. 117-135
· Joseph Lowndes, "Barack Obama's Body: The Presidency, the Body Politic, and the Contest over American National Identity", Polity, 45, 4, 2013, pp. 469-498 [da prepare: pp. 17-31]
· Paul Gardullo, Lonnie G. Bunch III, "Making a Way Out of No Way: the National Museum of African American History and Culture", History Workshop Journal, 84, 2017, pp. 248-256
· All the files and presentations available on the Ariel website of the course.