August 27: Course Introduction.
September 3: “A Jap Is A Jap: The films of World War II. Film: Bataan (1943) Reading: “The Beast in the Jungle” from Hollywood Goes To War by Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black
World War II Term Sheet
"The Beast in the Jungle" reading
September 10: "Hollywood and the Cold War” (1) Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Invasion of the Body Snatchers Term Sheet
Reading: Whitfield, Chapters 1-4, and especially 6; Chafe, chapters 2; Hollywood and the Cold War, part 1 Term Sheet
September 17: Hollywood and Cold War(2): Film: On The Waterfront (1954) Reading; Chafe, chapter 3 (section:”The Politics of Anti-Communism.”); Whitfield, chapters 5-8; Hollywood
and the Cold War, part 2 Term Sheet
Online essays: Billingsley Best Witness; Navasky
September 24: Hollywood and the Bomb" Film: Dr. Strangelove (1964). Reading: Whitfield, chapter 9, especially pp.218-225. Term Sheet. Hollywood and
the Bomb Term Sheet
October 1: “Camelot,” Film: JFK (1991)-- Reading: Chafe, Chapter 7: John F. Kennedy; Toplin, chapter 2. JFK Term Sheet. MIDTERM EXAM DISTRIBUTED.
October 8: “Hollywood and Race” Film: In the Heat of the Night (1967); Reading: online; Harris, 51-59,80-84,138-147,177-180,203-206,217-227,332 (last paragraph)—336, 347 (last paragraph)—351, Epilogue, 425 (“Shortly after…)—426. Term Sheet.
MIDTERM DUE. No Extensions except for extraordinary reasons that must be documented.
October 15: “Hollywood and Race”(2). Film: Mississippi Burning (1989)
Reading: Toplin, chapter 1 (Mississippi Burning;); Chafe, chapter 6, 7 (“The Year of Promise” section), 11 (“From Civil Rights to Black Power—A Paradigm” section). Term Sheet. See also Mississipi Burning Trial on site.
October 22: Hollywood and Race (3). Film: King: From Memphis To Montgomery—The Documentary and History. Film will viewed in class.
May, Bending Toward Justice, entire book. See also http://billmoyers.com/segment/gary-may-on-the-long-assault-on-our-voting-rights/
October 29: “Hollywood and the 60s. Film: The Graduate (1968).Reading: Auster, chapter 4; Toplin, pp.129-153; Chafe, chapters 11,12, Harris, 47-51,69-74,116-122, 269 (last paragraph)-276,290-295,310-320,358—365,380-385,394-397(end at paragraph 2), Epilogue: pp.418-419,422(“Mike Nichols…”)—423 (first two paragraphs). Term Sheet.
November 5: "Hollywood and Vietnam" – Film: Apocalypse Now (1979) Reading: Chafe, Chapter 9, 10,12 (“January and February” section). FILM ESSAY DUE TONIGHT.
Term Sheet. Apocalypse Now (1979) Term Sheet
November 12: America Turns Right- Film: Dirty Harry (1971). Reading, Chafe, chapters 13-14. Dirty Harry Term Sheet
November 19: Hollywood’s Watergate. Film: All The President’s Men (1976)
reading: Toplin, chapter 7; Chafe, Chapter 13, (“The Downfall of the Imperial President” section.) Term Sheet.
November 26: NO CLASS
December 3: Last Class. “Greed Is Good”—The 1980s. Film: Risky Business (1983)
reading: Chafe, Chapter 15. Risky Business Term Sheet.
History 221 Essay Assignment
EXAMINATIONS: There will be one take-home midterm exam, a short film essay, and a take-home final exam. The midterm exam will count 35% and will be passed out in class on October 1 and is due in class on October 8. The film essay—15%-- is due on November 5. Final Exam—50%--date TBA.
CLASS READINGS: Students are REQUIRED to read the assigned books. Questions on the exams cannot be fully answered without drawing on class readings. Repeating lecture material-even perfectly-will not earn a student a passing grade, without evidence that the reading has been done and incorporated into answers.
Students have the right to expect that their instructors present organized and-hopefully-interesting lectures. Professors have hopes and expectations too. Students are expected to arrive in class on time and for the rest of the hour to listen attentively and ask lively questions. Reading, chatting with friends, bolting for the door when a film is being shown, or sleeping is NOT acceptable behavior, and will be dealt with according to the STUDENT HANDBOOK ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND BEHAVIOR. Students should obtain a copy and be familiar with its policies on behavior, cheating, and plagiarism because they will be followed in this course.
IF YOU FIND THESE POLICIES UNACCEPTABLE, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE.