JHU 464.306 
Gone with the Wind: Stereotypes of Race and Gender in America, 1852-1939


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COURSE SUMMARY

The popular novel and its translation to stage and film are examined as a means of understanding attitudes towards race and gender in American culture from the 1850s to the present. Readings and films include:
 
 

REQUIREMENTS

This is a course designed for reading, discussion, and writing.  Seminar participants are to write a weekly journal to be submitted by email no later than 6 p.m. of the evening before class.  The journal should consist of a minimum of 500 words, encompassing reflections on the week's assigned reading and viewing, and including questions and comments for discussion in class. The final will consist of a choice of one of three essay topics due the last night of class (held at the instructor's home). The choices are:

1) compare and contrast the racial and gender stereotypes in the novel and film versions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, incorporating class discussions, and your views on the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's work on racism in the United States

2) compare and contrast the racial and gender stereotypes in the novels of Reverend Thomas Dixon and the film version (Birth of A Nation), incorporating class discussion, and your views on the impact of Dixon and Griffith's work on racism in the United States

3)a reflective essay on your reaction to the thesis and implications of the final reading assignment: `A Study In Scarlett,' by Claudia Roth Pierpont, incorporating your reading, viewing, and the class discussion of Gone With The Wind, along with your views on the impact of Mitchell's work on racism in the United States

Final essays should be approximately 3-4,000 words, including documentation.

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