IAH 207: Literatures, Cultures, Identities
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
Sections 7, 8, 9: Mr. Benjamin Phillips
Sections 10, 11, 12: Mr. Michael Blouin
Sections 13, 14, 15: Mr. Antonio Vasquez
Sections 16, 17, 18: Mr. Morgan Shipley
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
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.
James Fenimore Cooper.
The Last of the
Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
A Connecticut Yankee in King
Maria de Burton.
The Squatter and the Don
The Spook Who Sat By the Door
Our films, which will be screened during class
Within Our Gates