History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 389: Topics in US. History.

HIST 389-012: Slavery in Film
(Spring 2012)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Innovation Hall 133

Section Information for Spring 2012

Instructor: Prof. Dexter Gabriel The institution of slavery had a profound impact on the Atlantic world. Yet it has not always been the easiest topic for public discussion. Outside of the classroom much of what we know, or think we know, about slavery often comes from popular media images--especially movies. Classics like Gone with the Wind, television miniseries like Roots and even lesser known independent films like Sankofa have done much to shape our perspective and how we "remember" the slave system, its victims and its participants. This course seeks to examine slavery in the Atlantic world through the lens of this popular medium, exploring film depictions of slavery, famous figures or related events. These films are both foreign and domestic, and range from historical dramas to the surreal bordering on speculative fiction. In examining these films, we will take into account the time period, location and social atmosphere in which they were created. And we will see how much they actually tell us about slavery and, most important, what they might tell us about ourselves.

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Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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