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The Law, the Citizen, and the Literary and Cinematic Imaginations
ENGL 350
Spring 2015
Section: 01  

In this course, we will study several major legal events that highlight the contradictions and injustices in the history of U.S. citizenship and the ways this history has been responded to in literature and cinema. Among the topics discussed will be the slave codes, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Jim Crow order, the Bracero program, sodomy laws, and SB 1070. We will consider the theories of citizen, state, race, and sexuality implicit in these legal structures, with an eye for who may be incorporated into the body politic and who is unassimilable, and on what terms. In addition, we will consider the way literary and cinematic texts engage the rhetoric and psychic effects of the law and the way they present different imaginaries of human bodies and communities. Our focus will be on African American, black diasporic, and Latina/o literatures and cinemas, as they reveal the rifts and conjunctions among the categories citizen, savage, slave, illegal, and deviant.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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