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Performing "Africa" in Brazil
LAST 250
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 250, DANC 252

This course explores the construction, performance, and consumption of blackness in Brazil through embodied cultural practices. African descendants in Brazil went from being considered an obstacle to the country's progress to being celebrated as "the essence" of a unique, welcoming, exotic culture. This course examines the construction of Brazilian identity through the Afro-diasporic traditions of samba, capoeira, and condomblÚ in the early 20th century. Focusing on the state of Bahia, the "Afro-Brazilian capital," this course will also cover late 20th century Afro-centric practices such as blocos-Afro and their relationship to the global tourism industry. We will consider debates of origins, tradition, and authenticity surrounding Afro-diasporic practices in Brazil.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS LAST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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