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Lecture Notes 104a

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Lecture Notes-M104A Tuesday 1/6/09 o  Participation.   Happy.  o “Poetry is concentrated language”. Much of the material was meant to be delivered orally. Oral vs.  written literature. The version you have on the page is just one version, it was not meant to be written  down. o The reading gets heavier after a few weeks. o Look up references! o Complications in the definitions of race. Stereotypes and the way in which they flatten out the world  and reduce diversity. Psychic burden borne by those who have to “triple-think” because they are  aware of the stereotypes regarding the tension between their own desires and reinforcing these  stereotypical ideas. All these terms are so slippery, white vs. black, these terms are not stable. What  does it mean to be black? Or to be white?  o Passing : light-skinned African Americans who choose to live as white.  o Complex and traumatizing legacy of  chattel slavery : chattel means property, the difference between  slavery in other places; the slaves were viewed as unfortunate people, but still human. Chattel slavery  (which can only arise after the ideas of capitalism and notions of individual property ownership)  viewed the slaves legally as property. Chattel slavery was dependent upon the dehumanization of  people of African American descent. If the slave was not human, certain innate rights could be  discarded.  o Racism is inconsistent, it is illogical, and it often doesn’t even benefit the people who ascribe to these  ideas. Many of these writers had to approach an audience without the assumption that their audience  thought they were capable of producing such literature.  o Sexuality…the assault and rape and exploitation of black women by white men. The remnants of this  have to be addressed. o Much black literature of the time was engaged in a debate, not independent of each other.  o The idea of blackness is shaped by chattel slavery, the victims internalize their own dehumanization.  Ideas are powerful but when they are institutionalized, this power becomes even more critical. Even  when the institutional idea is gone, the ideas themselves have taken on a life of their own, inside both  those who were victims of the institution and also those who were not.  o Race means different things in different contexts. Imprecision of our language. Race, color,  nationality, ethnicity, culture. Defining these terms, defining humanity, what does each of these  characterizations mean?  o What is black? Color? How literal is it? A cultural identity? A way of behaving? Is it a nationality?  Identifying with Africa, a generation that changed names. Physical appearance as a measure of 
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