Readings

Required Texts

[Morrison] = Buy at Amazon Morrison, Toni. Jazz. Vintage, 2004. ISBN: 9781400076215.

[Díaz] = Buy at Amazon Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Riverhead Trade, 2008. ISBN: 9781594483295. [Preview with Google Books]

[Arundhati] = Buy at Amazon Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008. ISBN: 9780812979657.

SES # TOPICS READINGS FILMS
1 Introduction: Does Race (Still) Matter?
 
Khan, Farah. "A South Asian American Female's Plea for Change," AsAmNews, February 3, 2013.  No films.
2 Finish class handout   No films.
3 Race and Childhood
 

Kilpatrick, Jacquelyn. "Disney's 'politically correct' Pocahontas." Cineaste 21, no. 4 (1995): 00097004.

Buy at Amazon Kohl, Herbert R. Should We Burn Babar?: Essays on Children's Literature and the Power of Stories. New Press, 1996. ISBN: 9781565842595.

Pocahontas. Directed by Mike , and Eric Goldberg. Color, 81 min. 1995. [16mm/DVD] Disney.
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5 "Reading Against the Grain" Buy at Amazon Sherman, Alexie. "Introduction to Smoke Signals." In Smoke Signals: A Screenplay. Hyperion, 1998. ISBN: 9780786883929. Smoke Signals. Directed by Chris Eyre. Distributed by Miramax Films. Color, 89 min. 1998. [16mm/DVD]
6 White Rescue and Black Helplessness
 

Gladwell, Malcom. "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism," The New Yorker, August 10, 2009. Politics and Prose.

Association of Black Women Historians. "An Open Statement to Fans of The Help."

George, Nelson. "Still Too Good, Too Bad or Invisible," The New York Times, February 15, 2013.

Turner, Patricia A. "Dangerous White Stereotypes," The New York Times, August 28, 2011.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Black and White, 129 min. 1962. [16mm/DVD]

The Help. Directed by Tate Taylor. Color, 146 min. 2011. [16mm/DVD]

7  No readings.  No films.
8 That Difficult Intersection: Race and Gender
 

[Morrison] Start.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "The Good, Racist People," The New York Times, March 6, 2013.

D'Angelo, Raymond, and Lolita Buckner Inniss. "Shopping While Black: Racism in Everyday Life," The New York Times, March 10, 2013. (Letters to the Editor)

Precious. Directed by Lee Daniels. Color, 110 min. 2009. [16mm/DVD]
9 [Morrison] Continue.   No films.
10 Writing as Improv
 
[Morrison] Finish.  No films.
11  No readings. The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema. Directed by Nancy De Los Santos, Alberto Domínguez, et al. Black and White | Color, 90 min. 2002. [16mm/DVD]
12 Entre Familia/Switching Codes and Interpreting Cultural Tropes
 
 No readings. Real Women Have Curves. Directed by Patricia Cardoso. Color, 90 min. 2002. [16mm/DVD]
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14 Race/Raza and Kinship Ties
 
[Díaz] pp. 1–100.  No films.
15 [Díaz] pp. 100–201.  No films.
16 Longing and Belonging
 

[Díaz] pp. 201–end.

Wroe, Nicholas. "Junot Díaz: A Life in Books," The Guardian, August 31, 2012.

Artpopulus. "Tracey Moffatt Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989) 2." August 1, 2008. Youtube. Accessed November 15, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqdK7gryXp0&list=PL4367200E14BF8DEF
17  No readings. Rabbit-Proof Fence. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Color, 94 min. 2002. [16mm/DVD]
18 Race in the Global Context
 
 

[Arundhati] Chapters 1–4.

Buy at Amazon Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Can the Subaltern Speak?" In Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Edited by Cary and Grossberg, Lawrence Nelson. University of Illinois Press, 1987, pp. 271–313. ISBN: 9780252011085.

 No films.
19

[Arundhati] Chapters 5–11.

Chakraverty, Devasmita. "Wrong Picture on the Right Page," NRI Life, April 4, 2012.

 No films.
20 [Arundhati] Chapters 12–21. Listen to: The Rolling Stones. "Ruby Tuesday." July 17, 2012. Youtube. Accessed December 13, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYx_NfnoHL8
21 Popular Culture and Race
 

Rivers, 3rd, Eugene F. and Jacqueline C. Rivers. "Should Harvard Teach A Course On The Wire?" Huff Post, October 1, 2010.

Jones, Sophie. "Women and the Wire," PopMatters, August 24, 2008.

Buy at Amazon Weaver, Afaa M. "Baltimore Before The Wire: A Memoir." In The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Bloomsbury Academic, 2009. ISBN: 9780826438041. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Brooks, Ryan. "The Narrative Production of 'Real Police." In The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Bloomsbury Academic, 2009. ISBN: 9780826438041. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Klein, Amanda Ann. "The Dickensian Aspect': Melodrama, Viewer Engagement, and the Socially Conscious Text." In The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Bloomsbury Academic, 2009. ISBN: 9780826438041. [Preview with Google Books]

The Wire, "Misgivings Season 4, Episode 10. Directed by Ernest R Dickerson. Color, 60 min. 2006.
22 Buy at Amazon Kocela, Christopher. "From Columbus to Gary Cooper: Mourning the Lost White Father in the Sopranos." Chapter 8 in Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader. Edited by Charlotte Brunsdon and Lynn Spigel. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780335225446. [Preview with Google Books] The Sopranos, "Christopher, Season 4, Episode 3. Directed by Timothy Van Patten. Color, 58 min. 2002.
 
23 "Post-Racial" Race Relations
 

Buy at Amazon Hsu, Hsuan L. "Racial Privacy, the L.A. Ensemble Film, and Paul Haggis's Crash." Touré. "The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened…" Chapter 5 in Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. Atria Books, 2012. ISBN: 9781439177563.

Buy at Amazon Williams, Patricia. The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diaries of a Law Professor. Harvard University Press, 1991, pp. 3–14. [Preview with Google Books]

Tesfamariam, Rahiel. "Lolo Jones, Meagan Good: Black Female Sexuality Depicted in Extremes," The Washington Post, May 20, 2012.

Crash. Directed by Paul Haggis. Color, 112 min. 2004. [16mm/DVD]
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25 The Bird is in Your Hand
 
Morrison, Toni. "The Bird Is In Your Hand."  No films.
26  No readings.  No films.