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Spring 2020

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
American Hustle

Lectures TTh 4-5 in 140 Barrows + one hour of discussion section per week in 305 Wheeler (sec. 101: F 12-1; sec. 102: F 1-2)

This course, which constitutes a survey of ethnic American literature, asks about the desires, imagination, and labor that go into the American dream. What is the relationship between immigration and dreams of upward mobility in America? This cours...(read more)

Saha, Poulomi
Spring 2020

165AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Ethnicity, Religion and Literature

TTh 11-12:30

This class will explore how 20th- and 21st-century American prose fictions have imagined the relationship between religion and ethnicity. Our first questions will be formal: How do different formal choices allow these writers ...(read more)

Fehrenbacher, Dena
Fall 2019

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Growing Up Funny

MWF 9-10

America, we are told, is a nation of immigrants—of people from other lands who travel here and “become” American. That's a tall order. But what of those who can never quite belong—the misfits, outliers and strangers in t...(read more)

Saha, Poulomi
Fall 2019

166AC/1

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

Lectures MW 1-2 in 50 Birge + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3; sec. 104: Th 10-11; sec. 105: Th 2-3; sec. 106: Th 4-5)

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 people they sought to define. Our s...(read more)

Donegan, Kathleen
Spring 2019

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race, Class, & Disability in American Cultures: American Foundlings

Lectures MW 10-11 in 141 McCone + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1)

To start with, a general overview. This course will analyze the categories of “disability,” “race” and “ethnicity” critically. My aim in the class is to set up situations in which we can think about several of th...(read more)

Schweik, Susan
Spring 2019

170/1

Literature and the Arts:
Rhythm, Riot, Revolution

TTh 11-12:30

What allows language to inspire change? To what extent is the power of a word rooted in its perception as sound and rhythm, shaped and reshaped by the individual histories and trainings of those who hear it? In this class, we will break down some o...(read more)

Gaydos, Rebecca
Summer 2019

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
American Hustle—Immigration, Ethnicity, and the American Dream

TuWTh 12-2

This course, which constitutes a survey of ethnic American literature, asks about the desires, imagination, and labor that go into the American dream. What is the relationship between immigration and dreams of upward mobility in America? &nbsp...(read more)

Saha, Poulomi
Fall 2018

166AC/1

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

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)

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.&nbsp...(read more)

Donegan, Kathleen
Summer 2018

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures

TuWTh 1-3:30

Taking contemporary American poetry as its central focus, this survey course will consider poetry from the last 18 years in relation to a number of concerns, debates, and questions by which we can critically engage a historical moment that continue...(read more)

Stancek, Claire Marie
Fall 2017

166/3

Special Topics:
Black Science Fiction

TTh 3:30-5

This course addresses two genres—black fiction and science fiction—at their point of intersection, which is sometimes called Afrofuturism. The umbrella term “black fiction” will include texts that issue out of and specu...(read more)

Serpell, C. Namwali
Fall 2017

166AC/1

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

TTh 12:30-2

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 s...(read more)

Donegan, Kathleen
Spring 2017

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Literatures of the Asian Diaspora in America

MWF 1-2

This aim of this survey is two-fold: First, to interrogate the concept of nationhood and, particularly, what it means to be American.  Focusing on writings by and about peoples of Asian descent across the twentieth century and into the twenty...(read more)

Lee, Steven S.
Fall 2016

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Immigrant Inscriptions

TTh 9:30-11

In this course we will consider a variety of texts—contemporary fiction, classic and new film, journalism, history, and cultural criticism—that help us explore the possibilities for writing the migrant self and experience. The shifting...(read more)

Ellis, Nadia
Fall 2015

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Immigrant Inscriptions

TTh 11-12:30

In this course we will consider a variety of texts—contemporary fiction, classic and new film, journalism, history, and cultural criticism—that help us explore the possibilities for writing the migrant self and experience. The shifting...(read more)

Ellis, Nadia
Fall 2014

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Immigrant Inscriptions

TTh 9:30-11

A few miles from UC Berkeley’s campus, positioned in the San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz, sits Angel Island, site of a California State Park and one-time “processing center” (1910-1940) for migrants crossing the Pacific into the ...(read more)

Ellis, Nadia
Fall 2014

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema

MW 12-1 + discussion sections F 12-1

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 impers...(read more)

Wagner, Bryan
Spring 2014

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Literatures of the Asian Diaspora in America

TTh 11-12:30

This survey will have two primary aims: first, to interrogate the concept of nationhood and, particularly, what it means to be American.  Focusing on writings by peoples of Asian descent across the twentieth century and into the twenty-firs...(read more)
Lee, Steven S.
Summer 2014

N31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Democracy and Division

MTuTh 2-4

The United States Constitution refers to “We, the People,” as if it’s obvious who’s included in – and excluded from – that “we.” In fact, though, the reality has always been much messier. Fights over...(read more)

Mansouri, Leila
Fall 2013

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Immigrant Inscriptions

TTh 3:30-5

This course will explore the varieties of ways in which migrants to the United States inscribe their experiences and subjectivities on the U.S. landscape. We will be interested in how narratives of race and ethnicity are constructed in the wake of...(read more)

Ellis, Nadia
Fall 2013

166AC/1

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

TTh 2-3:30

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.&nbsp...(read more)

Donegan, Kathleen
Spring 2013

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race and Ethnicity in Hollywood Cinema

TTh 3:30-5 + M 6-9 films

An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on a select group of films produced in the United States over the twentieth century. Major themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, captivity and rescue, pas...(read more)

Wagner, Bryan
Fall 2012

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Repression and Resistance

TTh 12:30-2

In this course we will analyze representations of repression and resistance in nine novels, three each from the following three cultural groups: Chicanos/Chicanas, African Americans, and Euro-Americans.  We will examine various forms of repre...(read more)

Gonzalez, Marcial
Spring 2012

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Race and Performance

MW 3-4, + discussion sections F 3-4

                "Race is not only real, but also illusory. Not only is it common sense; it is also common...(read more)

Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott
Summer 2012

N135/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Repression and Resistance

MTuTh 12-2

In this course we will analyze representations of repression and resistance in the fiction of three cultural groups: Chicanos/Chicanas, African Americans, and European Americans.  We will examine various forms of repression--social, physical,...(read more)

Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall 2011

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race and Ethnicity in Hollywood Cinema

MW 4-5:30 + film screenings Thurs. 7-10 P.M.

An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on a select group of films produced in the United States between the 1910s and 1970s. Major themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, passing and racial imper...(read more)

Wagner, Bryan
Wagner, Bryan
Fall 2011

166AC/1

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

TTh 9:30-11

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 ...(read more)

Donegan, Kathleen
Donegan, Kathleen
Summer 2011

N135/1

Literature of American Cultures

MTuTh 4-6P

This course will analyze the categories of “disability,” “race” and “ethnicity” critically. “Disability” as an identity category is always raced, whether we attend to that intersection or not, and peo...(read more)

Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan
Fall 2010

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Popular Imagination

MWF 1-2

Why, in United States culture, are the varieties of blackness understood differently from the varieties of whiteness? Why are categories of Asian identities parsed differently from either? And how do the histories of immigration to the US produce t...(read more)

Ellis, Nadia
Ellis, Nadia
Fall 2010

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures

TTh 2-3:30, + film screenings Mondays 7-10 P.M., 160 Kroeber

An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on a select group of films produced in the United States between the 1920s and 1980s. Major themes include law and violence, kinship and miscegenation, passing and racial impers...(read more)

Wagner, Bryan
Wagner, Bryan
Spring 2010

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race and Performance in the 20th c. U.S.

TTh 12:30-2



"Race is not only real, but also illusory. Not only is it common sense; it is also common nonsense. Not only does it establish our identity; it also denies us our identity." — Howard Winant

"Each society dem...(read more)
Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott
Spring 2010

165AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Mixed Fictions

MW 4-5:30

This course examines U.S. fiction in the last century for which mixing works both as cultural theme—ethnic, racial, and class mixtures—and as literary form—genre, style, and narrative mixtures. The course will triangulate African-...(read more) Serpell, C. Namwali
Serpell, Namwali
Summer 2010

N135/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race, Ethnicity, and Disability in American Cultures

MTuTh 4-6

This course will analyze the categories of “disability,” “race” and “ethnicity” critically. “Disability” as an identity category is always raced, whether we attend to that intersection or not, and peo...(read more)

Susan Schweik
Summer 2010

N135/2

Literature of American Cultures:
Three California Cultures -- Literature, Film, and Comedy

MTuTh 4-6

This American Cultures course focuses on California representations of Chicana/o, Chinese American, and African American culture in literature and film (and some comedy!). Thanks to the media industry, which circulates its representations worldwide...(read more)

Genaro Padilla
Fall 2009

166AC/1

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

TTh 11-12:30

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 stu...(read more) Donegan, Kathleen
Donegan, Kathleen
Spring 2009

150AC/1

Senior Seminar in American Cultures:
Fictions of Los Angeles

TTh 2-3:30

Los Angeles has been described, variously, as a "circus without a tent" (Carey McWilliams), "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city" (Dorothy Parker), "the capital of the Third World" (David Rieff), and "the only pl...(read more) Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott
Fall 2008

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Race and Performance in the 20th-Century U.S.

MWF 11-12

"This course is two courses wrapped up in one. First, it offers a selected history of major innovations in American popular culture of the last hundred years ? from the origins of the American culture industries in blackface minstrelsy, ragtime, and j...(read more) Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott
Spring 2008

31AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Passing

TTh 12:30-2

"A passing narrative is an account�fiction or nonfiction�of a person or group claiming a racial or ethnic identity that they do not ""possess."" Such narratives speak�directly, indirectly, and very uneasily�to the authenticity, the ambiguity, and the ...(read more) Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil S.
Spring 2008

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Native American, African American, and European American Literature, 1865-1917

MWF 10-11

This is a course on Native American, African American and European American writers in the Gilded Age, roughly from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of World War I. I am especially interested in these writers� responses to the extensive and p...(read more) Hutson, Richard
Hutson, Richard
Fall 2007

135AC/1

Literature of American Cultures:
Race, Ethnicity, and Disability in American Cultures

TTh 2-3:30

"This course will analyze the categories of �disability,� �race� and �ethnicity� critically. �Disability� as an identity category is always raced, whether we attend to that intersection or not, and people defined in racial terms are also always placed...(read more) Saxton, Marsha
Spring 2007

135AC/1

Junior Coursework:
Literature of American Cultures: Race, Ethnicity, and Disability in American Cultures

MWF 1-2

"This course will analyze the categories of ?disability,? ?race? and ?ethnicity? critically. ?Disability? as an identity category is always raced, whether we attend to that intersection or not, and people defined in racial terms are also always placed...(read more) Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan
Fall 2006

135AC/1

Upper Division Coursework:
"Repression and Resistance

Gonzalez, Marcial"

MW 3-4, plus one hour of discussion section per week (all sections F 3-4)

This course will focus on representations of repression and resistance in the fiction of three cultural groups: Chicanos, African Americans, and European Americans. We will examine various forms of repression (social, physical, and psychological) repr...(read more) 105 North Gate
Fall 2006

165AC/1

Special Topics:
Special Topics in American Cultures: Captivity in America

TTh 2-3:30

This course considers the captivity narrative as a recurring form in American literature and asks why it should be so prevalent in a �land of freedom.� We will expand this category beyond its traditional focus on Puritan captivity (in which Indians ar...(read more) Beam, Dorri
Beam, Dorri
Spring 2006

165AC/1

Special Topics:
Special Topics in American Cultures: Captivity in America

TTh 11-12:30

This course considers the captivity narrative as a recurring form in American literature and asks why it should be so prevalent in a ?land of freedom.? We will expand this category beyond its traditional focus on Puritan captivity (in which Indians ar...(read more) Beam, Dorri
Beam, Dorri
Fall 2005

135AC/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Literature of American Cultures: Literature of Resistance and Repression

MWF 11-12

In this course we will analyze representations of repression and resistance in the fiction of three cultural groups: Chicanos, African Americans, and European Americans. We will seek answers to the following kinds of questions: What is the relation be...(read more) Gonzalez, Marcial
Gonzalez, Marcial
Spring 2005

31AC/1

Lower Division Coursework:
Literature of American Cultures: Exceptional Bodies --Disability, Race, Ethnicity and Medicine in American Cultures

TTh 12:30-2

"This course will analyze the categories of 'disability,' 'race' and 'ethnicity' critically. Much work on that ambiguous umbrella term 'disability' treats disabled people as ungendered (that is, male), unraced (that is, white), without nationality (th...(read more) Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan
Spring 2005

135AC/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Literature of American Cultures: American Fictions of Self-Formation

TTh 12:30-2

We will read a variety of American novels, short stories and plays, exploring how specific biological, evolutionary, mythic, psychological and philosophical accounts of the human individual shape the author's vision of a self's formation in relation t...(read more) Wardley, Lynn
Spring 2005

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
Racial Modernity

TTh 12:30-2

It is by now something of a truism that the reason why there is no socialism in the United States is because in this country race matters more than class. Nevertheless, this course will take up as its challenge a serious revisitation of this question....(read more) Lye, Colleen
Lye, Colleen
Fall 2004

135AC/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Literature of American Cultures: Visibility and Invisibility in 20th-Century American Narrative Literature

MWF 12-1

"This course will examine images, metaphors and strategies of visibility and invisibility in narrative literature produced by members of three American cultures--African American, Asian American and European American--taking note of the differences an...(read more) Loewinsohn, Ron
Loewinsohn, Ron