Category Archives: History and Culture

Formerly known as Cultural Periods and Styles

MIDS (220/303/415)


One small test booklet

Two writing implements

All primary (fiction) texts (exception: the Manifesto of the Communist Party)

One 8.5 x 11 page of notes (YOUR notes) handwritten, front and back


Go to Taxonomy on the right hand side of this page and click on the relevant category (ex. Contemporary Culture, History and Culture, Values and Culture)

Have a cup of coffee with some of your classmates and talk about what you know

Re-visit film materials (esp. those located on the course information page)

For the exam:

Be creative and cogent

Make interesting links


Best of luck



Broken Blossoms (303)

With any luck we’ll screen a clip from DW Griffith’s 1919 silent film Broken Blossoms starring Lillian Gish, who was, I suppose, the Jennifer Lawrence of her day. Note that this film, though clearly racist by present standards, was an effort to portray Chinese characters with some degree of cultural sensitivity.