Class Breakdown 2016

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

THE 1980s COMMENCE

September 7th

September 12th

  • Ledbetter, Les. 1980. “John Lennon of Beatles Is Killed; Suspect Held in Shooting at Dakota; Wife Reported Unhurt John Lennon Shot to Death; Suspect Is Seized at Dakota Obtained Autograph Earlier ‘Crouching in Archway’ Continued to Write Songs Emblem of the 60’s.” The New York Times, December 9.
  • Altman, Lawrence K. 1981. “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” The New York Times, July 3, sec. U.S.
  • Kerr, Peter. 1986. “Big Seizure Seen as Sign of Rising Crack Output.” The New York Times, October 18, sec. N.Y. / Region.
  • CNN. Challenger Disaster Live on CNN. 2007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
  • BBC. 1981. Prince Charles Marries Lady Diana Spencer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGLVWdcvNKA.
  • AT&T. 1989. TAT-8 Transatlantic Optical Cable — 1989 AT&T Commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KklN1DCRmCU.

September 14th

  • Swigger, Jessie. 2011. “New Right, New History, Common Ground: Populism and the Past.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 161-180. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Halberstam, Jack. 2007. “Gender.” In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, 116-120. New York: New York University Press.
  • Somerville, Siobhan. 2007. “Queer.”In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, 187-191. New York: New York University Press.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Deborah Bright.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 326–330. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

THE COLD WAR & REAGANOMICS

September 17th

In-class field trip to Watkinson

  • Morris, Edward. 1999. “I, Ronald Wilson Reagan” in Dutch: A Memoir of Reagan, 410-433. New York: Random House.
  • Reagan, Ronald. 1980. “Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention.” Speech. Detroit, MI.
  • Greenberg, Ivan. 2011. “Reagan Revives FBI Spying.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 43–64. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

September 21st

September 23rd

  • Boris, Eileen. 2007. “On Cowboys and Welfare Queens: Independence, Dependence, and Interdependence at Home and Abroad.” Journal of American Studies 41 (3): 599–621.
  • Weiss, Robert P. 2011. “Privatizing the Leviathan State: a ‘Reaganomic’ Legacy.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 89-108. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Carrie Mae Weems,” “Richard Prince.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 233-236, 376-380. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

RECALLING THE WAY WE (NEVER) WERE: FAMILIES ON SCREEN AND IN THE PULPIT

September 28th

  • Fetner, Tina. 2008. “Organizational Development through the 1980s” in How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, 44-63. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Gran Fury,” “Group Materials,” & “Guerrilla Girls.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 174-182. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

September 29th

Required lecture: Marion Werner’s Global Displacements

October 3rd

  • Dwyer, Michael. 2011. “‘Fixing’ the Fifties : Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 201-223. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Zemeckis, Robert. 1985. Back to the Future. Universal Pictures.

 

STYLE FOR SALE: TOYS, ART, & OTHER OBJECTS OF THE 1980s

October 5th

  • Tannenbaum, Judith. 1991. “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Philadelphia Story.” Art Journal 50 (4): 71–76.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Cindy Sherman,” “MICA-TV/Sherman,” “Robert Mapplethorpe,” “Jeff Koons,” “Jean-Michel Basquiat.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 296-297, 373-375, 369-373, 358-361, 66-67. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

October 10th

No class – Trinity Days!

October 12th

Guest: Professor Rutherford

  • Ryder, Demian. 2011. “An Army of One in 1:18 Scale: the Profit of Patriotism in G.I. Joe.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell,181-200. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Rutherford, Ethan. 2013. “Summer Boys.” In The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, 27–48. New York: Ecco.

 

THE REVOLUTION WAS TOTALLY TELEVISED AND IT WAS RAD *AND* DOPE

October 17th

  • Morikawa, Suzuko. 2011. “Reading MTV: Proliferation of United States Culture in the Age of Globalization.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 325-338. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Anderson, Reynaldo, Jason Thompson, and Nikita Harris. 2011. “Fear of a Black planet: Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Eddie Murphy and the Globalization of Black Masculinity.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 401-416. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Keith Haring / Tseng Kwon Chi.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 187-193. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

October 19th

  • Lee, Spike. 1989. Do the Right Thing. 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.
  • Peterson, James Braxton. 2011. “‘Life in Marvelous Times’: Narratives of the Golden Era in Hip Hop Culture.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 455-470. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • W.A. 1988. Straight Outta Compton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZi25Pq3T8.
  • W.A. 1988. Fuck Tha Police. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WiT-c3NA0M.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Charlie Ahearn,” “John Ahearn.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 148-151, 151-153. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

THE THIRD WAVE

October 24th

  • Higgins, Collin. 1980. 9 to 5. 20th Century Fox Pictures.
  • Shyer, Charles. 1987. Baby Boom. United Artists.

October 26th

  • Moraga, Cherrie. 2002. “La Güera.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, 24-33. Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.
  • Yamada, Mitsuye. 2002. “Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, 34-40. Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.
  • Lorde, Audre. 2002. “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, 116-110. Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.
  • Rich, Adrienne. 1980. Excerpts from “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 5 (4): 631–60.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Black Audio Film Collective.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 158-160. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

October 29th (Sat)

REQUIRED: Saturday Morning Television and Gaming Day!

October 31st

  • Rubin, Gayle. 1984. “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.” In Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, ed. C.S. Vance, 267–319. Boston: Routledge.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Greg Bordowitz,” “Nan Goldin.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 161, 164-165, 275-280. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

A VISIBLE LESBIAN AND GAY MOVEMENT

November 2nd

  • Castells, Manuel. 1983. “Cultural Identity, Sexual Liberation and Urban Structure.” In The City and the Grassroots: A Cross-Cultural Theory of Urban Social Movements, 138–70. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Michael J. Bowers v. Michael Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (Supreme Court 1986).

November 7th

  • Beam, Joseph. 1986. “Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart.” In In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by Joseph Beam, 180-191. New York: Alyson Books.
  • Harris, Craig G. 1986. “Cut Off from Among Their People.” In In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by Joseph Beam, 40-44. New York: Alyson Books.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Marlon Riggs.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 380-384. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

November 9th

  • Kushner, Tony. 1995. “Part One: Millennium Approaches” in Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, 1-126. New York: Theatre Communications Group.

November 14th

  • LISTEN TO AT LEAST FOUR INTERVIEWS: ACT UP Oral History Project. 2015. ACT UP Oral History Project. http://www.actuporalhistory.org/interviews/index.html.
  • Fetner, Tina. 2008. “Taking to the Streets: Protest and Direct Democracy” in How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, 84-100. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Schulman, Sarah. 2012. “The Dynamics of Death and Replacement” and “Gentrification of AIDS” in The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, 23-54. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “David Wojnarowicz.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 392-394. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, & STAR WARS

November 16th

Assignment Due: Edited Research Paper Topic & bring computers to class!

  • Ferguson, Charles H., and Charles R. Morris. 1993. “Guerrilla Warfare” and “Revenge of the Nerds” in Computer Wars, 17-29, 51-65, and 66-83. New York: Times Books.
  • WATCH AT LEAST FOUR VIDEOS: History Channel. 2015. “Titanic Exclusive Videos & Features – HISTORY.com.” Titanic Videos. http://www.history.com/topics/titanic/videos.

November 21st

Assignment due: Research Paper Topic

  • Daley, Patrick, & Dan O’Neill. 1991. “Sad Is Too Mild a Word”: Press Coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Journal of Communication, 41(4), 42-57.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Jack Goldstein.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 74-77. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

November 23rd

No class! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: AT HOME & ABROAD

November 28th

  • Anderson, Benedict. 2006. “Introduction” in Imagined Communities, 1-7. New York: Verso.
  • Stamberg, Susan. 2015. Maya Lin: NPR – On Designing the Vietnam War Memorial. Accessed January 26. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1113838.
  • Schnell, James. 2011. “The Opening of China and the Evolution of China-U.S. Cross-Cultural Understanding.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R Moffitt and Duncan A Campbell, 357-368. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

November 30th

Guest: Prof. Isaac Kamola

  • Schmidt, Elizabeth. 1980. “Foreword,” “Introduction.” In Decoding Corporate Camouflage: U.S. Business Support for Apartheid, vii – ix, 1–13. Washington, DC: Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Republic of South Africa. 1981. “Republic of South Africa Government Gazette.”
  • Mandela, Nelson. 1990. Nelson Mandela First Speech To His Nation After Release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5vLr2e7Mk8.

December 5th

Guest: Prof. Isaac Kamola

  • Didion, Joan. 1987. Chapters 2-5 from Miami, 23-48.
  • The New York Times. 1994. “The Iran-Contra Report: Excerpts From the Iran-Contra Report: A Secret Foreign Policy,” January 19, sec. World. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/19/world/iran-contra-report-excerpts-iran-contra-report-secret-foreign-policy.html.
  • NPR: Planet Money. 2016. Episode 654: When The Boats Arrive. Planet Money. Accessed August 26. http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/09/30/444800350/episode-654-when-the-boats-arrive.
  • Molesworth, Helen. 2012. “Juan Sánchez.” In This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, 230-232. Chicago, IL; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 

THE END OF AN ERA & BEGINNING OF ANOTHER

December 7th

  • Berners-Lee, Tim, Robert Calliau, Ari Loutonen, Henrik Frystk Nielsen, and Arthur Secret. 1994. “The World Wide Web.” Communications of the ACM 37 (8): 76–82.
  • Fetner, Tina. 2008. “Culture Wars: Battles for the Hearts and Minds of America” in How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, 101-118. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Noack, Rick. 2014. “The Berlin Wall Fell 25 Years Ago, but Germany Is Still Divided.” Washington Post, October 31.

December 12th

Class reflections

December 16th

Final Assignments Due: Final Paper & Wikipedia Entry Edit due at noon

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