African 405: Sin and Laughter: Transgressive Arts

Instructor: Samuel England
Meeting Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:45 PM
3 credits

What’s the best Arab sitcom? How have African ideas of acceptable and unacceptable humor evolved over the history of cosmopolitanism? What the hell does Dante have to do with African photography? This course will address these questions as we study creative culture in Africa and the Middle East. Readings/viewings/screenings will include Sharif ‘Arafa, Georges Bataille, Adelaide Casely-Hayford, JM Coetzee, Aida Muluneh, Trevor Noah, and Binyavanga Wainaina.