English 166AC

Special Topics in American Cultures: Race & Revision in Early America

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2018 Donegan, Kathleen
Lectures MW 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 105: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5) Lectures: note new location: 159 Mulford; disc. secs. in different locations

Book List

Brown, W. W. : Clotel, or the President's Daughter; Cesaire, A. : A Tempest; Conde, M. : I, Titua, Black Witch of Salem; Jefferson, T.: Notes on the State of Virginia; Morrison, T. : A Mercy; Shakespeare, W. : The Tempest


In this course, we will read both historical and literary texts to explore how racial categories came into being in New World cultures, and how these categories were tested, inhabited, and re-imagined by the human actors they sought to define.  Our study will be organized around four early American sites:  Landfall in the North Atlantic, Pocahontas at Jamestown, Witchcraft at Salem, and Jefferson’s Virginia. In each of these places Native, European, and African ways of making meaning collided, and concepts of racial difference were formed. These four sites will function as interpretive nodes.  For each, we will read a selection of primary documents, and then explore how racial constructions forged at each site have been re-imagined and revised throughout American cultural history.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

This course satisfies UC Berkeley's American Cultures requirement.

Discussion Sections

101 Bondy, Katherine Isabel
F 10-11 305 Wheeler
102 Bondy, Katherine Isabel
F 1-2 305 Wheeler
103 Muhammad, Ismail
Thurs. 10-11 300 Wheeler
104 Muhammad, Ismail
Thurs. 1-2 300 Wheeler
105 Sirianni, Lucy
Th 1-2 300 Wheeler
106 Sirianni, Lucy
Th 4-5 305 Wheeler

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