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Professor Greeley Office Hours: Thurs. 1-4 pmSpring, 2003 sign up on sheet outside my office, Room 205ARTH 276: Caribbean Art, 19c & 20cCourse Description & SyllabusThis course will look at the art and cultural production of the more than twenty countries that make up the Caribbean. Through looking at works by artists such as the grafitti artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cuban earthwork sculptor Ana Mendieta or Neville Garrick (Bob Marley's record cover designer), and by viewing films such as The Harder They Come or Strawberry and Chocolate, we will consider a number of key issues. These issues will include the problem of defining artistic practices in relation to the region's long history of colonization, dictatorships and revolutions. What kind of art was produced in the Caribbean during the era of the slave trade? What kind of art was produced in Cuba under the U.S. imposition of the Platt Amendment? Or after the 1959 Cuban Revolution? Other issues we will consider will have to do with the visual defining of identities -- national, gendered, classed, diaspora, etc. -- and the various circumstances that affect those definitions. How does the fact that more Puerto Ricans live in New York than on the island of Puerto Rico itself affect visual concepts of "nation" or "homeland"? How do the popular religious cultures of Rastafarianism, Santería or Vodou affect "high" art production, or vice versa? Class discussions will focus on close examination of theoretical approaches and individual works in order to address culture as a site of ideological contestation and the relationship of the formal aspects of a work to its representational significance.___________________________________________________________Required Texts:Veerle Poupeye,Caribbean Art (New York: Thames & Hudson, 1998)The Harder They Come (CD, Mango/ Island Records, n˚ 162 539 202-2, © 1972)The Buena Vista Social Club (CD)Mandel, Ernest, An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1974)Course Reader, available at the UConn Co-op. Required Texts On Reserve:Rius, Cuba For Beginners (New York: Pathfinder, 1970)C.L.R. James, The Black JacobinsCourse Requirements:1.) A 6-8 page research paper on a Caribbean or Caribbean diaspora work of art, due the last day of class. No late papers accepted. All written work for this course should be typed in Times or Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins all around. Pages should be numbered; xeroxed illustrations of all works discussed in the paper should be numbered (figure1; figure 2, etc) and included at the back of the paper. Bibliography and endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style or MLA format. Papers not written in this format will be handed back to you and considered late. Although it is not required, you are strongly urged to show me a draft of your paper before turning in the final. 2.) A mid-term and a final exam. Format will be discussed in class.Satisfactory work must be sumitted for all of these requirements in order to pass the course. Extensions must be arranged prior to the due date of the assignment in question. Assignments handed in late without prior arrangement will not be accepted, and will receive an "F."__________________________________________________Program of Lectures:WEEK I (Jan. 23):• Introductionread: begin reading CLR James, The Black Jacobins (on Reserve) Read: Preface to 1st edition,chapters IV & V; skim the rest, paying attention to pp. 6-26; 42-58; 151-162; 238-240; 269-271. Poupeye, Introduction & Chapter 1WEEK II (Jan. 28-30):• Haitian Revolution• Haitian Revolution cont.read: José Martí,Cintio Vitierfinish The Black JacobinsWEEK III (Feb. 4-6):• Ten Years’ War, Independence & costumbrismo • Dominant views: the Caribbean through Western eyesFilm: Couple in the Cage read: Poupeye, Chapter 2Marcus GarveyPlatt AmendmentWEEK IV (Feb. 11-13):• Modernism: Minoristas & the Machadato in 1920s & 30s Cuba; Jamaica• popular culture: Vodou, Santería, Palo Monteread: Juan Martinez, Robert Farris Thompsonlisten to: The Buena Vista Social ClubWEEK V (Feb. 18-20):• Surrealism & Negritude• class cancelled due to College Art Association meetingread: Fernando Ortiz,Herzberg on Wifredo LamAimé CésaireWEEK VI (Feb. 25-27):• Jamaica & Barbados: Rastafarai & Resistance;film: The Harder They Come• finish filmread: Dick HebdigePoupeye, Chapter 3Rius, Cuba For Beginners (on Reserve)listen to: soundtrack for The Harder They ComeWEEK VII (March 4-7)• 60s & 70s: Cuban Revolution • feminism & afrocuban identityread: Poupeye, Chapters 4 & 5Fidel CastroSaul LandauWEEK VIII (March 11-13):• MIDTERM EXAM • Library Session: MEET IN ART & DESIGN LIBRARY, Level 2 in main Library.This session will be directed by Dr. Michael Young, A&D Librarian.no reading this weekWEEK IX: (March 15-23):- SPRING BREAK WEEK X (March 25-27):• film: Memories of Underdevelopment• finish film & discuss read: Coco Fusco, Gerardo Mosquera Poupeye, Chapter 6WEEK XI (April 1-3):• Haitian murals of the 1980s & 90s • film: Krik? Krak!read: Alan Barnett,Franz Fanon, from Black Skin, White MasksWEEK XII (April 8-10):• finish film; discuss• New Generations in Cubaread: Poupeye, Chapter 7Julia Herzberg on Juan SanchezWEEK XIII (April 15-17):• film: Strawberry & Chocolate• finish film: discussread: David CravenWEEK XIV (April 22-24):• New Work from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad • Caribbean diasporas in the U.S.read: bell hooksStuart HallMarimar BenítezWEEK XV (April 29-May 1):• film: Sugar Cane Alley (France/Martinique, 1984)• finish film; discussWEEK XVI (May 6):• Conclusion: El Caribe in the New Millennium• PAPER DUE• FINAL EXAM (time announced in UConn


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