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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 344L • Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in American Literature and Film

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35885 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
mez 1.206

Course Description

In this course, we will examine the ways in which authors and filmmakers construct gender, class, and ethnicity in each of their texts. We will begin by considering the way in which European American authors and filmmakers use archetypes, national mythology, and gender construction, for example, to produce dominative narratives that inform our views of gender, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Once we have established a context for these prevailing narratives, we will then discuss how Chicana/o, American Indian, African American, and European American authors and filmmakers resist, revise, and affirm our assumptions about these issues.

Grading Policy

Final Essay (4-5 pages) 25%
Draft of Final Essay 5%
Two Film Reviews (20% each; 3 pages) 40%
Reading/Viewing Quizzes 20%
Film Notebook/Journal 10%

Attendance: Regular attendance is a requirement for this course. Excessive absences will result in a lower overall grade and can cause a student to be dropped from or fail the course.


Alexie, Sherman, Indian Killer
Hemingway, Ernest, In Our Time
Morrison, Tony, The Bluest Eye
Trujillo, Carla, What Night Brings
Benshoff, Harry M. and Sean Griffin, America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies


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