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Fall 2018-2019
* AMS 404 / ASA 404 / LAO 404 / THR 404 (HA)   na, npdf

Advanced Seminar in American Studies - Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century Popular Performance

Brian E. Herrera

This course offers an intensive introduction to the particular tools, methods and interpretations employed in developing original historical research and writing about race and ethnicity in twentieth century popular performance (film, television, theater). Through collaborative, in-depth excavations of several genre-straddling cultural works, course participants will rehearse relevant methods and theories (of cultural history, of race and ethnicity, of popular culture/performance) and will undertake an independent research project elaborating the course's guiding premise and principles of practice.

Sample reading list:
Adria L. Imada, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire
Shepherd Mead, How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying
James Robert Parish, The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks
West Side Story
Blazing Saddles
Sayonara
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Varies. At minimum, 30-50 pages to read a week, plus weekly individual research reading and regular screening of full length films. Midterm paper: 6-8pp (15%). Paper in lieu of final exam: (15-20pp) 30%. Oral presentations: (25%). Class attendance and regular participation are required and are worth 30% of the final grade.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None: ALL students, including freshmen, are welcome..

Other information:
Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to partake of relevant performances, lectures/workshops and events on Princeton's campus, and will be expected to participate in at least one public screening of a film presented on or immediately adjacent to the Princeton campus. This course will satisfy the Capstone Seminar requirement for certificates in American Studies, Asian American Studies and Latinx Studies, when the new curricula for those certificates take effect.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23277 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled