Class Breakdown

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

THE 1980s COMMENCE

September 6th

September 11th

  • Williams, Raymond. 1998. “The Analysis of Culture.” In Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader, ed. J. Storey, 48–59.
  • Hsu, Hua. 2017. “Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies.” The New Yorker, July 17.
  • Ledbetter, Les. 1980. “John Lennon of Beatles Is Killed.” TNYT, Dec. 9.
  • Altman, Lawrence K. 1981. “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” TNYT, July 3.
  • Kerr, Peter. 1986. “Big Seizure Seen as Sign of Rising Crack Output.” TNYT, Oct. 18.
  • Lawrence, Ken, 1982. “The Ku Klux Klan and Fascism.” Sojourner Truth Organization.
  • Challenger Disaster Live on CNN. 2007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
  • 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.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Cindy Sherman,” “MICA-TV/Sherman,” “Jeff Koons,” “Jean-Michel Basquiat.” TWHB, 296-297, 373-375, 358-361, 66-67.

September 13th

Assignment due: Initial Reflections

  • Burgett, Bruce. 2007. “Sex.” In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 217-221.
  • Halberstam, Jack. 2007. “Gender.” In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 116-120.
  • Somerville, S. 2007. “Queer.” In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 187-191.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Deborah Bright.” In TWHB, 326-330.

 

THE COLD WAR & REAGANOMICS

September 18th

  • Morris, E. 1999. “I, Ronald Wilson Reagan” in Dutch: A Memoir of Reagan, 410-433.
  • 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, 43–64.

September 20th

In-class field trip to Watkinson

September 25th

  • 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, 89-108.
  • Fornshell, Mary Kate (Trinity ’17). 2017. “1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Reagan’s Proxy Battle Within the Cold War.” Excerpt from American Studies Senior Honors Project.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Carrie Mae Weeks,” “Richard Prince.” In TWHB, 233-236, 376-380.

 

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

September 27th

  • Fetner, Tina. 2008. “Organizational Development through the 1980s” in How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, 44-63.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Gran Fury,” “Group Materials,” & “Guerrilla Girls.” TWHB, 174-182.

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  • Tannenbaum, Judith. 1991. “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Philadelphia Story.” Art Journal 50 (4): 71–76. doi:10.2307/777326.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Robert Mapplethorpe.” TWHB, 369-373.

October 2nd

  • Dwyer, Michael. 2011. “‘Fixing’ the Fifties : Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, 201-223.
  • Zemeckis, Robert. 1985. Back to the Future. Universal Pictures.

 

STYLE FOR SALE: TOYS, ART, & OTHER OBJECTS OF THE 1980s [incl. Mapplethorpe on 9/27]

October 4th

  • 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, 181-200.
  • 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, 401-416.

October 9th

No class – Trinity Days!

 

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

October 11th

Guest: Prof. Ethan Rutherford

  • Rutherford, E. 2013. “Summer Boys.” In The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, 27–48.
  • Morikawa, Suzuko. 2011. “Reading MTV: Proliferation of United States Culture in the Age of Globalization.” In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, 325-338.

October 16th

  • 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, 455-470.
  • N.W.A. 1988. Straight Outta Compton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZi25Pq3T8.
  • N.W.A. 1988. Fuck Tha Police. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WiT-c3NA0M.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Charlie Ahearn,” “John Ahearn.” TWHB, 148-151, 151-153.

 

THE THIRD WAVE

October 18th

  • Higgins, Collin. 1980. 9 to 5. 20th Century Fox Pictures.
  • Shyer, Charles. 1987. Baby Boom. United Artists.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Nan Goldin.” In TWHB, 275-280.

October 19th

  • Sarah Schulman lecture: “The Gentrification of the Mind”

October 23rd

  • Moraga, C. 2002. “La Güera” in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 24-33.
  • Yamada, M. 2002. “Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman” in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 34-40.
  • Lorde, A. 2002. “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 106-110.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Black Audio Film Collective.” In TWHB, 158-160.

October 25th

  • 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.
  • Rich, Adrienne. 1980. Excerpts from “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 5 (4): 631–60.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Greg Bordowitz.” In TWHB, 161 & 164-165.

 

A VISIBLE LESBIAN AND GAY MOVEMENT

October 30th

  • 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.
  • Michael J. Bowers v. Michael Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (Supreme Court 1986).

November 1st

Note: bring computers to class!

  • Beam, Joseph. 1986. “Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart” in In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, 180-191.
  • Harris, Craig G. 1986. “Cut Off from Among Their People” in In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, 40-44.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Marlon Riggs.” In TWHB, 380-384.

November 6th

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Keith Haring / Tseng Kwon Chi,” “David Wojnarowicz.” In TWHB, 187-193, 392-394.

November 8th

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

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, & STAR WARS

November 13th

Note: bring computers to class!

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

November 15th

  • Daley, P., & O’Neill, D. 1991. “‘Sad Is Too Mild a Word’: Press Coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Journal of Communication, 41(4), 42-57.
  • Molesworth, H. 2012. “Jack Goldstein.” In TWHB, 74-77.

November 18th (Sat)

REQUIRED: Saturday Morning Television and Gaming Day!

 

IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: AT HOME & ABROAD

November 20th

 

November 22nd

No class! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

November 27th

Guest: Prof. Isaac Kamola

  • Schmidt, Elizabeth. 1980. “Foreword,” “Introduction.” In Decoding Corporate Camouflage: U.S. Business Support for Apartheid, vii – ix, 1–13.
  • 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 4th

 

THE END OF AN ERA & BEGINNING OF ANOTHER

December 6th

  • 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.
  • Noack, Rick. 2014. “The Berlin Wall Fell 25 Years Ago, but Germany Is Still Divided.” Washington Post, October 31.

December 11th

  • Class reflections

December 15th

Final Assignments Due: Wikipedia Entry Edit due at noon

*FIN*