AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 001 Passing: Race, Religion, and Getting By
Term: FA 2007
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Passing is the pretense of being a different sort of person for advantage or protection. Passing reeks of inauthenticity; it arouses pity, amusement, and loathing. But authenticity, notes Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is "among the founding lies of the modern age." As a violation of American racial codes, passing is seen as a color problem to be policed through constant surveillance. The contours of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity (including "The Jewish Problem" of assimilation) are also scrutinized. Not that passing is new. Moses passed. Many Jews caught up in the Spanish Inquisition acted Christian in public. Both terrors of the Shoah and opportunities of life in America have been associated with Jewish passing, not always by Jews.

The course approaches these issues through historical and theoretical studies, memoirs, short stories, plays and films.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
29456
Open
9
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with JUDAIC 317.001.
002 (REC)
P
28125
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with ENGLISH 317.004.
003 (LEC)
P
28551
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
004 (LAB)
 
28553
Closed
0
 
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Th 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: Laboratory section 004 is for film screenings.
005 (LEC)
 
28554
Open
22
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students will be auto enrolled in lecture 005 when they elect a discussion section (sections 006-008). Meets with HISTORY 393.001 and CAAS 358.004.
006 (DIS)
P
28555
Open
4
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.002 and CAAS 358.005.
007 (DIS)
P
28556
Open
15
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.003 and CAAS 358.006.
008 (DIS)
P
28557
Open
2
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.004 and CAAS 358.007.
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