WiSe 20/21: Poet and Prophet: Reading Frederick Douglass
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This course will have to be organized as digital seminar. Details tba on Blackboard.
In this seminar, students will be introduced to the extensive body of work of Frederick Douglass, one of the most important and influential figures in the nineteenth-century United States. In close ... read more
In this seminar, students will be introduced to the extensive body of work of Frederick Douglass, one of the most important and influential figures in the nineteenth-century United States. In close readings, the seminar will explore Douglass’s multitudinous social, political, and cultural roles—from being a formerly enslaved, self-liberated man to becoming critic and advisor of the president—and unfold the many-faceted cultural history of the antebellum era and the Reconstruction period. Accordingly, the reading material will range from Douglass’s first autobiography, his famous Fourth of July speech and his involvement in William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist movement to his lectures on human picture-making and on the civilizational force of the Haitian Revolution. As the title of the seminar suggests, it seeks to present and discuss Frederick Douglass not only as one of the most dominant voices in U.S. American and Black diasporic reform history, but as a self-made virtuoso in poetry and prophecy who shaped the cultural and literary history of the United States and beyond. ----- Recommended: Douglass, Frederick. Autobiographies. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Library of America, 1994. ----- Until further notice, students should expect an in-person seminar that is held at the JFK Institute. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. close