Honors | 1963-74 Assassination to Impeachment (HON)
H234 | 31448 | Edward Gubar


TuThu 4-5:15pm
Hutton 111
Films on Thursday evenings 7-10pm

1963-1974 Assassination to Impeachment:  American Culture in an Age
of Tumult

John F. Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963. Robert Kennedy and
Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated in 1968. Richard Nixon
left office on August 9, 1974. Much happened in America that
strained and stretched American politics and culture during this
period: the civil rights movement, the counterculture, the women’s
movement, and the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement. We will
survey these significant events, mainly through works of nonfiction,
journalism, fiction, poetry, music, and film. Various short writing
exercises, a cultural biography of a year, short paper, long paper,
final. Since this is an honors seminar, class participation will be
expected and valued.

Films on Thursday evenings.
Texts will likely be selected from the following:

History & Context
Bloom, Alexander & Breines, Wini (eds.), "Takin' it to the streets":
A Sixties Reader
Charters, Ann (editor), The Portable Sixties Reader
Gitlin, Todd, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Roszak, Theodore, The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on
the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition
Reich, Charles, The Greening of America

Journalism & Non-fiction
Brown, Claude, Manchild in the Promised Land
Davidson, Sara, Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties
Firestone, Shulamith, The Dialectic of Sex; the Case for Feminist
Revolution
Mailer, Norman, Armies of the Night, Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Haley, Alex, Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Herr, Michael, Dispatches
Hersey, John, The Algiers Motel Incident
Wolfe, Tom, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Poetry & Fiction
Atwood, Margaret, Surfacing
Doctorow, E. L., The Book of Daniel
Levertov, Denise, Relearning the Alphabet
Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye
Rich, Adrienne, Diving Into the Wreck
Robbins, Tom, Another Roadside Attraction
Roth, Philip, Portnoy’s Complaint
Vonnegut, Kurt, Mother Night

Films
American Graffiti, The Graduate, Hearts and Minds, Joe, Medium Cool,
Monterey Pop, The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus, Jimi Plays
Berkeley, Don’t Look Back, Flashing on the Sixties, et alia.