SPR17: HUM303

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Humanities 303-01: History and Culture

SPRING 2017

T/Th 9:35 – 10:50 in HUM 582

Sean Connelly

Office location/ hours in HUM 219 on T/Th 11-12

Contact: connelly@sfsu.edu

The Project:

HUM303 introduces students to critical perspectives on the relationship between culture and history. How does a given cultural text (a term which encompasses not only the novel, film, popular music, and photography but fashion, social practices and values) relate to its moment of production? What meanings does an audience (readers, practitioners) generate from that artifact in terms of a given historical period? How do those meanings change over time? In this course we will focus on the category of youth as a socio-cultural construct across disparate eras and regions, both real and imagined, from Early Modern England to Afrofuturist deep space .

Goals: Students who take the course seriously can expect to complete the semester with a general knowledge of the periods in question and a basic toolkit of theoretical concepts with which to analyze cultural production and the making of meaning (semiosis or signification). Students will also gain some degree of fluency in narratology and discourses of youth over the long arc of modernity from its inceptions in the 15th century to the present.

Basic Etiquette

ARRIVE ON TIME,  work completed, with a hard copy of the assigned text. All assignments should be typed and include name/date/course. No electronic devices should be used during class.

Ethics

Every semester students fail my courses because they cheat. CHEATING DESTROYS trust between teacher and student. If you can’t trust your teacher, then you deserve a new one. This principle applies to students as well.
See http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/judicial/titlev.html

Accessibility

If there’s anything I should know about you as a student, please talk to me RIGHT AWAY and I’ll do my best to help. See also: Disability Program and Resource Center (338-2472 or dprc@sfsu.edu).

The Work: Grading Rubric

4 page Essay 10%
Class Work 30% (class participation, group work, pop quizzes, in-class writing)
Midterm 20% 3/9
Film Analysis Presentation 20%
Final Exam 20%

Notes on Reading

BUY HARD COPIES of the right books! Read with a pencil. Flag significant passages. Always look for patterns. Talk about what you read.

Shakespeare, Hamlet. 978-0743477123

Balzac, Pere Goriot. 978-0199538751

Le Sueur, The Girl. 978-0975348659

Okorafor, Binti. 978-0765385253 2015

Thomas, Narrative: The Basics. 978-0415832656

Films:

Shakespeare Uncovered (doc); Discovering Hamlet (doc); Various film adaptations of Hamlet (1948, 196, 1980, 2001, and RSC’s Hamlet (2010)); Cruel Story of Youth; Logan’s Run; Pan’s Labyrinth; George Washington; Shoeshine; This is England; Theeb; The 400 Blows; The Return; The Spanish Gardener; Ma Vie en Rose; L.I.E.; Kids

Other Resources:

http://www.stickfigurehamlet.com

Schedule

NOTE: “Assignment” = your assignment for the NEXT class meeting. ALL assignments should be PRINTED OUT and brought to class.

Week One:  1/24-1/26

Tuesday

In Class: Course Introduction. Clips: “You Don’t Own Me”; “Monster”

Assignment for Thursday, 1/26: Complete the Questionnaire. PRINT, READ and ANNOTATE Marx and Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party”: ManifestoSec1

Thursday

In Class: Discuss the Manifesto. Clip.

Assignment for Tuesday, 1/31: PRINT and read Williams, “Structures of Feeling”wmssof ; Pastoureau, “Emblems of Youth: Young People in Medieval Imagery”: Pastoureau

Week Two: 1/31-2/2

Tuesday

In Class:

Clip: Vincent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxQcBKUPm8o )

Assignment for Thursday: Hamlet (Acts I and II).

Thursday

In Class: Manifesto/Emblems/(RSC) 2009

Assignment: Hamlet (complete)

Week Three: 2/7- 2/9

Tuesday

In Class: The Birthday Party, Hamlet (Powpowpowpow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0tUwZ30PQA

Assignment: Hamlet (complete)

Thursday

Guest Lecture

Assignment: Hamlet (complete)

Week Four: 2/14- 2/16

Tuesday

In Class: 15 Minute Hamlet/Soviet Hamlet

Assignment: Eagleton, “What is a Novel?”EagletonNovel; Thomas, Narrative: The Basics (Intro- Ch. 2)

Thursday

In Class: Realism, the novel, narrative

Assignment: Le Suer, The Girl

Week Five: 2/21- 2/23

Tuesday

In Class: Social Realism/modernism

Assignment: Le Suer, The Girl

Thursday

In Class:

Assignment: Le Suer, The Girl; Thomas, Narrative (Chs. 3-4)

Week Six: 2/28- 3/2

Tuesday

In Class: Clips: Brother Can You Spare aDime?; discuss Le Suer, The Girl

Thursday

In Class: Clips: River’s Edge (1986)

Assignment: Villarejo, Ch. 2: VillarejoCH2 ; Glossary: VillarejoGlossary

Week Seven: 3/7- 3/9

Tuesday

Thursday

Week Eight: 3/14- 3/16

Tuesday

REVIEW

Thursday 

MIDTERM

ESSAY DUE

Assignment: Complete Okorafor, Binti and  Thomas, Narrative (Chs. 5-7)

Week Nine: 3/21- 3/23

Spring Break

Week Ten: 3/28- 3/30

CR/NC Option Deadline on 3/30

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Cesar Chavez Day

Week Eleven: 4/4- 4/6

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Week Twelve: 4/11- 4/13

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Week Thirteen: 4/18- 4/20

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Week Fourteen: 4/25- 4/27

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Week Fifteen: 5/2- 5/4

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Week Sixteen: 5/9- 5/11

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Week Seventeen: 5/16

Tuesday

FINAL EXAM