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Black British Culture and Black British Cultural Studies, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dhanveer Singh Brar
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HIST337 - Black British Culture and Black British Cultural Studies  

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Block 1 – “Race, Culture & the Crisis” 

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Week 1 – Introduction  

Core Materials  

Steel Pulse, “Handsworth Revolution”, Handsworth Revolution (Island Records, 1978) 

Houston A. Baker Jr, Stephen Best, Ruth H. Lindenborg, “Introduction - Representing Blackness / Representing Britain: Cultural Studies and the Politics of Knowledge”, in Houston A. Baker Jr, Manthia Diawara and Ruth H. Lindenborg, Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader (University of Chicago Press, 1996) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva    

Stuart Hall, “Stuart Hall Interview – 2 June 2011”, Cultural Studies (Vol 27, No 5, p757-777, 2013)  

Paul Gilroy, “Paul Gilroy Interview – 2 June 2011”, Cultural Studies (Vol 27, No 5, p747-756, 2013)  

Eddie Chambers, “2 - Towards the Black 70s”, “3 - Rasta This & Dreadlock That”, Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain (Bloomsbury, 2019)  

Further Materials  

Paul Gilroy, Black Britain: A Photographic History (Saqi, 2007) 

Stuart Hall in Conversation with Les Back, Darkmatter: in the ruins of imperial culture (28 November 2010) 

Kwesi Owusu,  Black British Culture and Society: A Text Reader (Routledge, 2000) 


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Week 2 – Horace Ove and Pressure 

Core Materials  

Horace Ove, Pressure (BFI Production, 1976) Also available via BFI Player with subscription:  

Ashley Clark, “Horace Ove’s Pressure”, Sight & Sound (Vol 23, Issue 12, Dec 2013, p112)  

Lola Young, “6 - Representing Reality & ‘The Black Experience’ in 1970s Britain”, Fear of the Dark: ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in the Cinema (Routledge, 1996)  

Further Materials  

Yasmine Espert, “Blood, Fire and Interiority in Horace Ove’s Pressure”, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (no 47, 2020, p44-55) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 22/07/2021)  

Sally Shaw, “‘As the first black face on the scene, I had to push the doors open’: Horace Ove and Pressure”, in Paul Newland & Brian Hoyle (eds), British Art Cinema: Creativity, Experimentation and Innovation (Manchester University Press, 2019) 

Malini Guha, “‘Have You Been Told, the Streets of London Are Paved With Gold’: Rethinking the Motif of the Cinematic Street Within a Post-Imperial Context”, Journal of British Cinema and Television (Vol 6, No 2, August 2009, p178-189) 

Nathaniel Weiner, “Resistance Through Realism: Youth subculture films in 1970s (and 1980s) Britain”, European Journal of Cultural Studies (Vol 21, No 2, 2018, p165-188) 


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Week 3 – Policing the Crisis 

Core Materials  

Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke, Brian Roberts, “Preface to the Second Edition”, “Introduction to the First Edition”, “10 - The Politics of ‘Mugging’”, Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law & Order  (1978/2013, Red Globe Press/Macmillan International)   

Further Materials 

The Paul, Jimmy and Mustafa Support Committee, 20 Years (1973) 

Stuart Hall, “Rethinking the ‘Base and Superstructure Metaphor’” (1977), Essential Essays: Volume 1  (2019, Duke University Press) 

Stuart Hall, “Race, Articulation and Societies Structured in Dominance” (1980), Essential Essays: Volume 1 (2019, Duke University Press) 

Stuart Hall, “Cultures of Resistance and ‘Moral Panics’: An interview with Stuart Hall”, Afras Review 4: Special Issue on Racism and Class Struggle, (Autumn 1979, p.2–18)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 22/07/2021) 


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Week 4 – Franco Rosso & Babylon  

Core Materials 

Franco Rosso, Babylon (NFFC, 1980) Also available on Netflix  

Sally Shaw, “‘Picking up the Tab’ for the Whole Black Community?: Industrial, Social and Institutional Challenges as Exemplified in Babylon (1980)”, in Sue Harper & Justin Smith (eds), British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure (Edinburgh University Press, 2012)  

Kate Bolgar Smith, “Documenting London’s bass culture and blues dances: Reggae in the films of Horace Ove and Franco Rosso”, Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (Volume 9, No 1, 2018, p29-44)  


Further Materials 

Vivien Goldman, “The Brethren in Babylon”, Time Out (7, November 1980) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 22/07/2021)  

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bass Culture (Island Records, 1980) 

Franco Rosso, The Mangrove Nine (1973)   

Franco Rosso interviewed for New Britain fanzine: 


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Week 5 – The Empire Strikes Back  

Core Materials 

The New Cross Massacre Story: Interviews with John La Rose (New Beacon Books, 2011)    

Darcus Howe, “Bobby to Babylon: Brixton Before the Uprising – February 1982”, Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan & Margaret Peacock (eds), Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology (Pluto Press, 2019)  

“Preface”, “1 - The organic crisis of British capitalism and race: the experience of the seventies / John Solomos, Bob Findlay, Simon Jones and Paul Gilroy”, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, The Empire Strikes Back: Race and racism in 70s Britain (Hutchinson and co, 1982 / Routledge 1992) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 06/09/2021)    


Further Materials 

Menelik Shabazz, Blood ah go run: the story of the greatest march of Black People in the UK (BFM Media, 1982) 

Helen Littleboy, The Battle for Brixton (BBC 2006)  

Simon Peplow, Race and Riots in Thatcher’s Britain (Manchester University Press, 2019) 

Riot Not To Work Collective, We want to riot, not to work: the 1981 Brixton uprisings (Riot Not To Work Collective, 1982) 


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Week 6 - LKJ 

Core Materials 

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Selected Poems (Penguin, 2002)  

Poet and The Roots / Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dread, Beat & Blood (Virgin Records, 1978)   

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Forces of Victory (Island Records, 1979)    

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Making History  (Island Records, 1984)   


Further Materials 

Franco Rosso, Dread, Beat & Blood (BBC, 1979) Available via BFI Player:   

Burt Caesar, “Interview: Linton Kwesi Johnson talks to Burt Caesar”, The Critical Quarterly (Vol 38, No 4, 1996) 

Peter Hitchcock, “’It Dread Inna Inglan’: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dread and Dub Identity”, Postmodern Culture (Vol 4, No 1, September 1993) 

Jordon Musser, “The Avant-Garde is in the Audience: On the Popular Avant-Gardism of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Dub Poetry”, Twentieth-Century Music (Vol 16, No 3, 2019) 


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Week 7 - “There Ain’t No Black” 

Core Materials 

Paul Gilroy, “8 - Steppin’ out of Babylon – race, class and autonomy”, The Empire Strikes Back  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva      

Paul Gilroy, “5 - Diaspora, utopia and the critique of capitalism”, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: the cultural politics of race and nation (Routledge 2002 / Unwin Hyman 1987)  

The Wailers, “The Old Grey Whistle Test- 1st May 1973”  /  

Black Uhuru, “General Penitentiary”, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat Records, 1987)   

Smiley Culture, Cockney Translation (Fashion Records, 1984)    


Further Materials 

Paul Gilroy, “Police and Thieves”, The Empire Strikes Back  

Paul Gilroy and Errol Lawrence, “Two-Tone Britain: White and Black Youth and the Politics of Anti-Racism", in Phil Cohen and Harwant S. Bains, Multi-Racist Britain (Macmillan, 1988) 

Paul Gilroy, “The End of Anti-Racism", in Wendy Ball and John Solomos, Race and Local Politics  (Macmillan, 1990) 

Dick Hebdige, Cut n Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music  (Routledge, 1987) 


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Block 2 – White Woman Listen!  

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Week 8 - The Thin Black Line 

Core Materials 

Lubaina Himid, Freedom & Change (1984)  

Sonia Boyce, Lay back, keep quiet and think of what made Britain so great (1986)  

Sutapa Biswas, Housewives with Steak-Knives (1985)  

Claudette Johnson, Trilogy (1982 – 1986)  

Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan, Maud Sulter, Thin Black Line(s) - Tate Britain 2011/2012 (Making Histories Visible Project / UCLAN, 2011)  

Gilane Tawadros, “Beyond the Boundary: The work of three black women artists in Britain”, Third Text (3, 8-9, 1989) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva     

Stuart Hall, “Black Diaspora Artists in Britain: Three ‘Moments’ in Post-War History”, History Workshop Journal (61, 2006)  

Further Materials 

Maud Sulter, Passion : discourses on blackwomen's creativity (Urban Fox Press, 1990) 

David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom, Sonia Boyce, Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (Duke University Press, 2005) 

Nick Aikens & Elizabeth Robles, The Place is Here: The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain (Sternberg Press,  2019) 

Eddie Chambers, Black Artists in British Art: a history from 1950 to the present (I.B Tauris, 2014) 


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Week 9 – Cultures in Babylon 

Core Materials 

Hazel V. Carby, “White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood”, Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (Verso, 1999)   

Hazel V. Carby, “Schooling in Babylon”, Cultures in Babylon   

Further Materials 

Hazel V. Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (Oxford University Press, 1987) 

Hazel V. Carby, Race Men: The W.E.B Du Bois Lectures (Harvard University Press, 1998) 

Hazel V. Carby, Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019) 

Bernard Coard, How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Subnormal in the British School System (New Beacon Books, 1971) 

“The Combahee River Collective Statement”, in Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books, 2017) 


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Week 10 – Dreaming Rivers 

Core Materials 

Martina Atille, Dreaming Rivers (Sankofa Film and Video Collective, 1988)        

Manthia Diawara, “The Nature of Mother in Dreaming Rivers’, Black American Literature Forum (Vol 25, No 2, Summer 1991)  

Ifeona Fulani, “Celluloid Documents: migrant women in Black Audio Film Collective’s Handsworth Songs and Twilight City, and Sankofa Film and Video Collective’s Dreaming Rivers”, Atlantic Studies (Vol 15, No 1, January 2018)  

Coco Fusco, “An Interview with Martina Atille and Isaac Julien of Sankofa Film/Video Collective”, Young British and Black    

Further Materials 

Wheeler Dixon, Maureen Blackwood, and Isaac, Julien. "The Practice of Theory, the Theory of Practice: The Post-colonial Cinema of Maureen Blackwood and the Sankofa Collective." Film Criticism (Xx, 1-2, 1995) 

Aditi Jaganathan, Sarita Malik, and June Givanni. "June Givanni’s Pan-African Cinema Archive: A Diasporic Feminist Dwelling Space." Feminist Review (125, 1, 2020) 

Anne Cieko, “Representing the Spaces of Diaspora in Contemporary Britsh Films by Women Directors”, Cinema Journal (Vol 38, No 3, Spring 1999) 


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Week 11 – Black Feminist Organising 

Core Materials 

Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie, Suzanne Scafe, “4 - Chain Reactions: Black Women Organising”, The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain (Virago 1985 / Verso 2018)     

Avtar Brah, “3 - Gendered Spaces: women of South Asian descent in 1980s Britain”, Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (Routledge, 1996)  

Pratibha Parmar, “7 - Gender, race and class: Asian women in resistance”, in The Empire Strikes Back OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 06/09/2021)    

Further Materials 

Brent Trades Union Council, The Great Grunwick Strike 1976-1978: a history (Brent Trades Union Council): 

“Stella Dadzie Discusses OWAAD”, Sisterhood and After (British Library Sound Archive, June 11 2020) 

Leandro Cardoso, “Do you remember Olive Morris? - An interview with Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre” (London Consortium TV, 2010): 


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Week 12 – Burning an Illusion 

Core Materials 

Menelik Shabazz, Burning an Illusion  (BFI, 1981) Also available via BFI player:  

Lola Young, “7 - British Cinema into the 1980s”, Fear of the Dark: ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in the Cinema   

Nick Roddick, “Black on Black: Burning an Illusion”, Sight and Sound (Fall, 1982)  

Sally Sayer and Laleen Jayamanne, “Burning an Illusion”, in Charlotte Brunsdon (ed), Films for Women (BFI, 1986) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva    

Further Materials 

"The Good, the Bad, the Heart and the Money: An interview with Menelik Shabazz”, Monthly Film Bulletin (April 1st, 1989, Vol 56) 

Menelik Shabazz, The Story of Lover’s Rock (2011) 


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Week 13 – New Ethnicities 

Core Materials 

Stuart Hall, “Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities” (1991)”, Essential Essays: Volume 2  (Duke University Press, 2019)  

Stuart Hall, “Minimal Selves”, in Lisa Appignanesi (ed), Identity (ICA Documents 6, Institute for Contemporary Arts, 1987) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva    

Further Materials 

Stuart Hall, “New Ethnicities” (1988), Selected Writings on Race and Difference (Duke University Press, 2021) 

Stuart Hall, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” (1990), Selected Writings on Race and Difference 

Black Film, British Cinema (ICA Documents 7, British Film Institute/Institute for Contemporary Arts, 1988) 

Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques (eds) New Times: The changing face of politics in the 1990s (Lawrence and Wishart/Marxism Today, 1989) 


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Week 14 – The Buddha of Suburbia 

Core Materials 

Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (Faber & Faber, 1990)  

Bart Moore-Gilbert, “4 - The Novels”, Hanif Kureishi (Manchester University Press, 2001)  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Further Materials 

Roger Mitchell, Buddha in Suburbia (BBC, 1993). Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB). 

Hanif Kureishi, Dreaming and Scheming: Reflections on Writing and Politics (Faber & Faber, 2002) 

Stephen Frears / Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette (Working Title / Channel 4, 1985). Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB).

Sukhdev Sandhu, “5 - Pop Goes the Centre”, London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City (Harper Perennial, 2004) 


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Week 15 – What is this ‘Black’.....? 

Core Materials 

Stuart Hall, “What is this ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture? (1992)”, Essential Essays: Volume 2 (Duke University Press, 2019)  

Paul Gilroy, “Introduction”, Small Acts: Thoughts on the Politics of Black Cultures (Serpent’s Tail, 1993) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva    

Further Materials 

Stuart Hall, David Bailey, Andy Cameron and Derek Bishton (eds). Critical Decade: Black 

Photography in the 80s, a special issue of Ten.8, (vol. 2, no. 3 Spring 1992) 

Stuart Hall, “Why Fanon? (1996)”, Selected Writings on Race and Difference (Duke University Press, 2021) 

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (Harvard University Press / Verso, 1993) 

Paul Gilroy, “’After the love has gone’: Bio-politics and etho-poetics in the Black Public Sphere”, Third Text  (Vol 8, no. 28-29, 1994) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  


Week 16 – Young Soul Rebels 

Core Materials 

Isaac Julien, Young Soul Rebels  (BFI, 1991) Also available via BFI Player:   

Amy Taubin & Isaac Julien, “Soul to Soul”, Sight & Sound (Vol 1, No 4, August 1991) Available online   

Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, & Homi Bhabha, “Threatening Pleasures”, Sight & Sound (Vol 1, No 4, August 1991) Available online   

Further Materials 

Isaac Julien & Kobena Mercer, “De Margin and De Centre” in David Morley & Kuan-Hsing Chen (eds), Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1996) 

bell hooks, “States of desire”, Transition (No 53, 1991) 

J Ellis, “The Erotics of Citizenship: Derek Jarman's Jubilee and Isaac Julien's Young Soul Rebels”, The Southern quarterly (Vol 39; No 4, ; 2001) 


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Block 4 - Experimentation and Populism  

Week 17 – Handsworth Songs 

Core Materials 

Black Audio Film Collective, Handsworth Songs (Black Audio Film Collective / Channel 4, 1986)  

Salman Rushdie, Stuart Hall, Darcus Howe, “Songs Doesn’t Know the Score”, Kobena Mercer (ed), Black Film, British Cinema (ICA Documents 7, 1988)   

Reese Auguiste, “Handsworth Songs: Some Background Notes”, Framework  (Jan 1, 1988)   

Further Materials 

Black Audio Film Collective, Twilight City (Black Audio Film Collective, 1989)   

John Akomfrah, Who Needs a Heart (Black Audio Film Collective, 1991)   

Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar (eds), The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982 – 1998 (FACT / Liverpool University Press, 2007) 

Coco Fusco, Young, British and Black: The Work of Sankofa and the Black Audio Film Collective (Hallwalls. 1988)       

Simone Sessolo, “An Epic of Riots: The Multitude as Hero in Handsworth Songs”, The Journal of Popular Culture (Vol 47, No 4) 


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Week 18 – Populist Modernism 

Core Materials 

Paul Gilroy and Jim Pines, “Audiences / Aesthetics / Independence: Interview with Black Audio Film Collective”,  Framework (35, 1988). Please use the ProQuest option and look for 'Interview' in the 1988 volume.     

Paul Gilroy, “Nothing But Sweat Inside My Hand: Diaspora Aesthetics and Black Arts in Britain”, Kobena Mercer (ed), Black Film British Cinema Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva     

Paul Gilroy, “Cruciality and the frog’s perspective: an agenda of difficulties for the black arts movement in Britain”, Small Acts OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CRH 06/09/2021)    

Kobena Mercer, “Black Art and the Burden of Representation”, Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1994)  

Further Materials 

Sankofa Film and Video, The Passion of Remembrance (1986)   

Kobena Mercer, Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1994) 

Kobena Mercer, Travel and See: Black Diasporic Art Practices since the 1980s (Duke University Press, 2016) 


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Week 19 – Rasheed Araeen 

Core Materials 

Rasheed Araeen, Rang Baranga (1969)  

Rasheed Araeen, For Oluwale (1971 – 1975)  Please also use Google search for more images.

Rasheed Araeen, Paki Bastard (Portrait of the Artist as Black Person) (1977)  

Rasheed Araeen, “Prelimanary Notes for a Black Manifesto”, Black Phoenix (No 1, Winter 1978) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Rasheed Araeen, “The Success and Failure of the Black Arts Movement”, in David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom, Sonia Boyce (eds) Shades of Black  

Richard Dyer, “Rasheed Araeen in conversation”, Wasafiri (Vol 23, 1, 2008)  

Nick Aikens, “In conversation with Rasheed Araeen”, Afterall  (Vol 45, Spring/Summer 2018)  

Further Materials 

Rasheed Araeen, The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain (Hayward Gallery, 1989) 

Rasheed Araeen, Sean Cubitt, Ziauddin Sardar (ed), The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory (Continuum, 2007)   


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Week 20 – The Postcolonial  

Core Materials 

Stuart Hall, “When was ‘the post-colonial'?”, Iain Chambers & Lidia Curti, The Postcolonial Question: Common Skies, Divided Horizons (Routledge, 1995)  

Homi K. Bhabha, “DissemiNation: Time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation”, The Location of Culture (Routledge, 1994)  

Further Materials 

Homi K. Bhabha (ed), Nation and Narration (Routledge, 1990) 

Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism (Alfred A Knopf, 1993) 

Gaytari Chakravorty Spivak, In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (Routledge, 1988) 

Gaytari Chakravorty Spivak, The Postcolonial Critic: interviews, strategies, dialogues (Routledge, 1990) 

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