This seminar course introduces students to the Black Atlantic via a broad range of diverse artistic expressions, histories, and recorded experiences. This course will include an introduction to relevant theoretical approaches and criticism, including selected chapters from Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic and Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s award-winning study of transatlantic musical traditions Africa in Stereo, as well as discussions and group work on selected works of narrative fiction, poetry, and music. Students are advised to buy the following texts: Grace Nichols. The Fat Black Woman’s Poems. London, Virago: 1984. Olaudah Equiano. The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African Written by Himself: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. 1815. New York, London: Norton, 2001. (Alternatively: Olaudah Equiano. The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. New York, Dover Thrift: 1999.). Mary Prince. The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave. 1831. London, New York: Penguin, 2004. Dabydeen, David. A Harlot's Progress. London: Vintage, 2010.