Living-Learning Center | From Gangsters to Gangstas
L210 | 0957 | Danielle Hartnett

The urban gangster has been a fixture of American society since the
early part of the 20th Century.  Why has the gangster/gangsta
continued to have such a powerful grip on our cultural imagination?
This course will explore the gangster in cultural texts.  In addition
to films, pulp journals, rap music, and autobiographies, we will
study a range of cultural criticism about this figure, both cultural
hero and public enemy.  We will theorize the relationship between
race, social class and criminality and the revolutionary potential of
crime and the state response.  Individual and collaborative projects
will range from the creative to the analytical.

This course is open to all IU students.