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

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.


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. 

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