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Imagining Justice

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1886
Section 001
Instructor Myisha Priest
Days W
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM



Cultural work is political imagining. This course asks just where the picture of a just world comes from. The common link between recent political movements like Occupy, Black Lives Matter, contemporary radical feminisms and queer politics is the claim that justice is not for everyone. Through events, actions and statements, movements urge us to see who is left out of the collective imagination of a just world. The creative work of our culture, as much as much as any political document or decree, teaches us what justice is and whom it is for. This means that it is crucial for us to examine how novels, film, exhibitions, memorials and events represent histories of political change and the achievement of justice. Our time is ripe for this exploration, since in the last few years we have been inundated with work in many genres that represent the anniversaries of the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Rights Movement, LGBTQ movements and more. Who do these narratives teach us that justice is for, and what happens to those who fall out of their view? We will investigate a range of texts, considering how they uphold or limit forms of justice and also how they intervene against those limits. A range of primary and secondary texts might include Morrison's  Beloved , Walker's  Meridian , Baldwin's  The Fire Next Time , Coates's  Between the World and Me , and the recent films  Selma  and  12 Years a Slave. 


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)