English 135AC

Literature of American Cultures: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Wagner, Bryan
MW 12-1 + discussion sections F 12-1 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

Films will include Birth of a Nation, Broken Blossoms, The Jazz Singer, The Searchers, Touch of Evil, Imitation of Life, West Side Story, Night of the Living Dead, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now.

There are no required screenings in this course. Films can be streamed through commercial outlets or checked out from Moffitt Library.

There will also be a course reader with essays in political theory and social history. 



An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on a select group of films produced between the 1910s and the 1970s. Themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, captivity and rescue, passing and racial impersonation.

There will be weekly writing assignments, one short essay, and one long essay.

This course satisfies UC Berkeley's American Cultures requirement.

Please note that this class will first meet on Wednesday, September 3; discussion sections wil not start being held until Friday, September 5.

Discussion Sections

101 Dimitriou, Aristides
F 12-1 123 Wheeler
102 Anderson, Joshua Adam
F 12-1 156 Dwinelle
103 Jeziorek, Alek M
F 12-1 122 Wheeler
104 Valella, Daniel
F 12-1 220 Wheeler

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