IAH207 Sylly - IAH 207: Literatures, Cultures, Identities...

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IAH 207: Literatures, Cultures, Identities Fall 2011 M-W 4:10-5:30 + Friday sections 108 Bessey Hall Professor Scott Michaelsen (Dept. English) Office Hours: M-W 3-4 pm 217 Morrill Hall smichael@msu.edu Teaching Assistants: Sections 7, 8, 9: Mr. Benjamin Phillips phill582@msu.edu Sections 10, 11, 12: Mr. Michael Blouin blouinmi@msu.edu Sections 13, 14, 15: Mr. Antonio Vasquez vasque37@msu.edu Sections 16, 17, 18: Mr. Morgan Shipley shiple18@msu.edu Course Description The concept of “race,” born in the late eighteenth century, and its translation into the concept of “culture” over the course of the twentieth, is one of defining horizons of life in the United States. This course will ask a number of questions, including: What is “race,” and what is its relationship to ideas developed in both anthropology and law? What is the genealogy of this very idea, and how has it changed over two centuries? What can literature teach us about racial and/or cultural difference? In what ways is literature either complicit with or subversive of the history of racial ordering? In this course, we will read eight American novels and view four films about these questions, relative to African Americans, Asian Americans, Anglo Americans, Mexican Americans (Chicanos), and Native Americans. Required Texts James Fenimore Cooper. The Last of the Mohicans Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Mark Twain. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Maria de Burton. The Squatter and the Don John Okada. No-No Boy Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings Sam Greenlee. The Spook Who Sat By the Door Octavia Butler, Kindred Our films, which will be screened during class time, are: Oscar Micheaux, Within Our Gates (1920) Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit
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IAH207 Sylly - IAH 207: Literatures, Cultures, Identities...

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