English 166AC

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2020 Wagner, Bryan
TWTh 3-5:30 D


An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on films produced in Hollywood between the 1920s and 1960s. Themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, captivity and rescue, passing and racial impersonation. Weekly writing, one essay, one group presentation, and one exam.

Films: Broken Blossoms; Within Our Gates; Body and Soul; The Sheik; The Jazz Singer; Bordertown; Salt of the Earth; The Searchers; The Exiles; Touch of Evil; Imitation of Life; Shadows; West Side Story; El Norte; Chan Is Missing; Do the Right Thing

All texts are available as PDFs.

This course satisfies the American Cultures requirement for UC Berkeley students.

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