English 135AC

Literature of American Cultures: Race and Ethnicity in Hollywood Cinema

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 Wagner, Bryan
TTh 3:30-5 + M 6-9 films 105 North Gate (lectures) + 2040 Valley LSB (films)

Other Readings and Media

There will be an online reader or some pdfs to download.

Films:  Broken Blossoms (1919)The Sheik (1921)The Jazz Singer (1927), Bordertown (1935)Intruder in the Dust (1949)The Searchers (1956)Touch of Evil (1958), Imitation of Life (1959)West Side Story (1961)Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)Night of the Living Dead (1968)Apocalypse Now (1979), Do the Right Thing (1989).


An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on a select group of films produced in the United States over the twentieth century. Major themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, captivity and rescue, passing and racial impersonation. There will be weekly writing assignments, two essays, and three exams.

This course satisfies U. C. Berkeley's American Cultures requirement.

Discussion Sections

101 Wagner, Bryan
M 6-9 P.M. 141 McCone

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