English 166AC

Special Topics in American Cultures: Race and Ethnicity in Classical Hollywood Cinema

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2019 Wagner, Bryan
TuWTh 12-2:30 300 Wheeler A


An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on films produced in Hollywood between the 1920s and 1960s and independent cinema from the 1980s that responds to these classical precedents. Themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, captivity and rescue, passing and racial impersonation.

Films: Broken Blossoms; The Sheik; The Jazz Singer; Bordertown; Salt of the Earth; The Searchers; Touch of Evil; Imitation of LIfe; West Side Story; El Norte; Chan Is Missing; Do the Right Thing

This course satisfies UC Berkeley's American Cultures requirement.

NOTE:  Until March 20, this course was listed as English 31AC, but on that date the course was changed to English 166AC; nothing except the course number and the Class Number (which is now 15972) has changed.

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