HUMS 069, Dismantling Narratives of Empire
Modern empires depicted themselves as hegemonic purveyors of progress whose endeavors contributed to a “civilizing mission.” These narratives frequently used specific ideas around race, religion, gender, technology, and politics to justify their violent acquisition of places and peoples. Through this course, we apply a critical lens to the material expression of these narratives in a variety of forms–from music to film, architecture to comic books–including engaging with specific objects from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale University Art Gallery. We delve into the power of narrative, who it left out, and how it continues to impact our understanding of nations today. In turn, students construct a response to imperialistic narratives as part of honing skills posing and supporting an argument.
Enrollment limited to first-year students. Preregistration required; see under First-Year Seminar Program.