LBS 704 Globalization in Contemporary World Literature
In what ways has globalization made its mark on world literatures in English world and how does literature-as-literature invent its own knowledge about globality? This seminar reads for globalism in contemporary poetry, narrative fiction, and films from the Caribbean, South Asia, South Africa, and multi-ethnic Britain. Throughout, we will see how literature registers social processes that have become attached to "globalization." Some of these processes include the effects of global capitalism, the rise of migration and diaspora, cross-cultural encounter and hybridity, political violence and terrorism, and neo-colonialism. But literature does not only represent globalization. Literature is an artistic invention that shows how perceptions of the world are constructed in and through language. Beyond embodying the tensions and paradoxes that characterize globalization, literature also invents other ways of perceiving and living globalism through experimentations with genre, narrative, and literary language. By the end of the term, students will become familiar with recent postcolonial literature in English, become introduced to debates over globalization, and acquire skills in literary interpretation.
WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Tribble A104
August 28 - December 4
Omaar Hena, Ph.D.
Omaar Hena (Ph.D. University of Virginia) teaches and writes on modern and contemporary world literature in English. His research focuses on how recent poetry from Ireland, the Caribbean, South Africa, and multiethnic Britain registers and responds to globalization since 1990. He has an ongoing interest in globality and contemporary postcolonial literature.
LBS 705 Black Religion & Radical Thought: An Intellectual & Cultural History
Resistance to racial bias dates back to institutional slavery. This course will chart an intellectual history from antebellum America through the most publicized protest movement during the mid-to-late twentieth century—the Civil Rights Movement. This course will assess several classic and contemporary texts on radical black political thought en route to an investigation of the connections between black religious thinking and political activism. We will investigate the ways in which faith communities, structures, and organizations have fueled or been reinforced by African American protests and demands for equal rights. As a site of investigation, this class also will pay some attention to the history and nature of the civil rights struggle in Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. Ultimately, this class will highlight the complex religious voices within the American freedom struggle—whether traditional African, Muslim, or Judæo-Christian. We will trace religion’s role in the various forms and phases of the resistance through the nearly 400 years of the African American pilgrimage to secure social transformation.
THURSDAYS, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Tribble A104
August 29 - December 5
Derek S. Hicks
Derek S. Hicks (Ph.D. Rice University) is the Henry Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow and teaches religion and culture. He has taught religion and culture in American, African American religious experience, the Black Church, race and religion in America, religion and social transformation, slave religion, religion in black political thought, African American biblical interpretation, and religion and Hip-Hop culture. Dr. Hicks is the author of Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, he served as assistant editor of the volume entitled African American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO Press, 2010) and contributed chapters for the books Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions with Dr. Michael Emerson (New York University Press) and The Way of Food: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia University Press).