In the early 1990s, U.S. census results gave rise to widespread projections of the end of the white majority. Time magazine’s iconic 1993 cover showcased a computer-generated composite racial figure who personified the “New Face of America.” The historic election of Barack Obama seems to represent the culmination of these trends in what is increasingly touted as the “end of race.” This transformation is taking place at a time when U.S. imperial expansion continues apace, and economic and environmental collapse threatens the planet on a wide scale, disproportionately affecting the poor and racialized peoples of the world. This course explores the millennial discourse of race that has developed in the United States in the past two decades in domestic and transnational contexts. We will hone our understanding of what it means to read the end of race, using the methods of literary analysis to develop a critical appreciation of the world in which we live.
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Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.