AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 001 Religion and American Movies
Term: FA 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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
38605
Open
18
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
P
45354
Open
6
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with CAAS 358.005, WS 343.001
003 (LEC)
P
37853
Open
40
 
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M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
004 (LAB)
 
37855
Open
40
 
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W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Laboratory section 004 is for film screenings.
007 (LEC)
P
45902
Open
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with WS 253-001.
012 (LEC)
P
48369
Open
9
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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