|ENGL4890||MORALES-FRANCESCHI, ERIC||TR||9:30 AM||0145|
This course surveys a series of literary, artistic, and theoretical works that muse on that most seductive and audacious of hopes, namely “liberation.” Three classic theoretic essays shall lay out the stakes of our inquiry: Herbert Marcuse’s Essay on Liberation, Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and Hannah Arendt’s On Revolution. Thereafter we dwell more intimately with literary and artistic works that reckon with two events of world-historic relevance, namely the Haitian and Cuban revolutions. Drawing on poetry, theater, film, music, and art, our hope is to flesh out the tropes, symbols, motifs, and techniques that bear witness to (or disavow) radical possibilities in the Black Atlantic and the Americas.
Works we consult will likely include: CLR James’ The Black Jacobins, Edouard Glissant’s Monsieur Toussaint, Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Haïti-Hatii?, Fidel Castro’s Declarations of Havana, Che Guevara’s Socialism and Man in Cuba, Humberto Solás’ Lucía, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s The Last Supper, Nancy Morejón’s Looking Inside, and Nicolás Guillén’s Man-Making Words.