English C136

Topics in American Studies: New Orleans


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2017 Wagner, Bryan
TTh 2-3:30 140 Barrows American Literature
African American Literature
Special Topics

Book List

Asbury, Herbert: The French Quarter; Bechet, Sidney: Treat It Gentle; Evans, Freddi: Congo Square; Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo: Africans in Colonial Louisiana; Hurston, Zora Neale: Mules and Men; Lomax, Alan: Mister Jelly Roll; Powell, Lawrence: The Accidental City; Tallant, Robert: Gumbo Ya Ya

Other Readings and Media

Documentaries: Always for Pleasure (Les Blank, 1978), All on a Mardi Gras Day (Royce Osborn, 2003), When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006).

All other texts and images will be made available on BCourses in PDF format.

Description

We will consider the representation of New Orleans in four related formats: (1) historical monograph, (2) folklore collection, (3) as-told-to autobiography, and (4) cinematic documentary. Our premise is that New Orleans is stranger than fiction.

This class is cross-listed with American Studies C111E, section 1. 

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
C136/1 Topics in American Studies: The Fields: California Farmworker Literature Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
C136/1 Special Topics No instructor assigned yet.
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
C136/1 Topics in American Studies: The Great Exhaling: American History, Culture and Politics, 1946-1952 Moran, Kathleen and Marcus, Greil
Fall, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
C136/1 Topics in American Studies: Mark Twain and the Gilded Age Hutson, Richard

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