Ugly: Distorted Aesthetics of Exquisite Blackness

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Aesthetics of Blackness
Spring 2024
Taught By: Gabrielle Williams
Section: A

CRN: 14713

Credits: 4

“Ugly” explores literary and other (e.g., cinematic, musical, visual) forms of black cultural expression as representative of exquisite aesthetic productions that challenge Eurocentrically prescribed standards of beauty and ugliness that have (in academic and pedestrian arenas) fomented ideologies that devalue the elegant, and, highly critical intellectual heft of said productions. This course will take a survey-style approach to examining a multimedia selection of black cultural productions by authors, artists, performers, and/or scholars such as (but not limited to) Cardi B, W.E.B. DuBois, clipping., Ryan Coogler, Frantz Fanon, Saidiya Hartman, Gayl Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Nathaniel Mackey, Fred Moten, Toni Morrison, Ousmane Sembène, Ntozake Shange, Rivers Solomon, Alice Walker, and, (our NSU Provost—AKA: expert in Afro-Futurism) Renée T. White.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:24pm EDT 6/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 601
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024