Summer 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will explore the cultural production and reproduction of images of slavery in American popular culture focusing on several historical time period in the 19th and 20th centuries. The class will pay particular attention to representation of slavery in American film. the politics of historical memory and how it has shaped both black and white understandings of the African American experience in slavery.
1. Peter Kolchin, American Slavery, 1619-1877
(not required but suggested)
2. Annette Gordon Reed
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
ISBN # 978-0813918334
3. Alice Randall, The Wind Done Gone
ISBN # 978-0618219063
4. William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner
ISBN # 978-0679736639
5. Articles and primary documents surrounding various "controversies" over the history and memory of slavery in popular culture.
Films include: Gone With the Wind, Bamboozled, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, D'Jango Unchained, 12 Years A Slave, Confederate States of America,
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Four 750-1,000 word short essays, 2,500-3,000 word final paper, course attendance, course participation/discussion.