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ERIC Number: EJ776667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
History, Hollywood, and the Hood: Challenging Racial Assumptions in Rural Central Wisconsin
Pruitt, John
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v35 n1 p46-53 Sep 2007
In light of research on diversity learning and teaching, this article describes how an introductory course on cinematic depictions of African Americans taught at a predominately white, rural university campus leads students to see the impact of history and Hollywood on their own local and statewide communities. Like others who teach courses on multicultural and ethnic literature and film, the author's objectives include examining the cultural, social, political, and economic significance of these texts. In the film class, his objectives also include attempting to determine the importance of these films to American cinematic history. In order to engage his students in the course and help them understand the importance of the messages encoded in these film texts, he drew from an experiment conducted by Margaret A. McLaughlin, who used African American literature in her developmental reading and writing courses to help her students discover connections to their own personal experiences. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin