Prof. Sandy Alexandre
21L.504J / SP.518J / WGS.518J
This course explores the ways in which various American artists view race and class as performed or performable identities. Discussions will focus on some of the following questions: What does it mean to act black, white, privileged, or underprivileged? What do these artists suggest are the implications of performing (indeed playing at or with) racial identity, ethnicity, gender, and class status? How and why are race and class status often conflated in these performances?
Alexandre, Sandy. 21L.504J Race and Identity in American Literature: Keepin' it Real Fake, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-504j-race-and-identity-in-american-literature-keepin-it-real-fake-spring-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA