Communication and Culture | Identity and Difference (Topic: African American Media)
C610 | 27845 | Bowdre, K.

Tu, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM, C2 102
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, C2 272

Meets with AAAD-A 697
Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: C2 235
Phone: 855-0530

This course is a survey of African American media from the late
nineteenth century to the present.  The central focus of the class
will be an investigation of race and representation in American
culture.  One of the key issues we will examine is how stereotypes
circulate in American culture and how and if these images alter over
time.  We will also interrogate politics, history and culture of the
United States and how these topics are complicated by the issues
such as whiteness, racial categories and identity formation.  The
interaction between movies and other forms of popular culture such
as music, television will also be considered.  This class will also
engage with historical and contemporary debates on the construction
and representation of race and identity in the media.  Our analysis
will employ theoretical discourses from cultural studies, critical
race theory, and feminist film theory.