Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


English 257. Race and Racism in United States Cinema

U.S. cinema has always struggled with both race and racism. This course examines the long, complex history of representations (and erasures) of racial difference in U.S. film. Although most mainstream films and public discussions frame race as a black-and-white issue, this course understands racial formations in the U.S. to be more multiple. We will watch films from a wide historical range that speak to and problematize the experiences of Chicanos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Anglo Americans (yes, white is a race, too) in the U.S. Required weekly film viewing.