For participants to:
- Become acquainted with the concept of “Contact Zone” by Pratt, Mary Louise.
- Enlarge their understanding of the African-American mentality and culture vs. whites’ way of thinking.
- Discuss the representation of racism and the violence and fear it generates in the characters.
- Explore the archetype of the “schlemiel” in Jewish humor and Literature.
- Become acquainted with Black Lives Matter (BLM) the activist movement originated in the African American communities in 2013.
- Discuss main themes, focalization and the use of stylistic devices for the creation of meaning in the texts.
The session intends to explore relationships between African Americans and whites in different sociological contexts after Segregation period in the US to show ideological and cultural clashes through two short stories, a short play and a film.
Short stories: Flannery O'Connor’s "Everything That Rises Must Converge” (1961)
Bernard Malamud’s "Black is my Favorite Color"(1963).
Theatre script: Dutchman by Le Roi Jones (1964)
Film: American Son (2019) by Kenny Leon (director) and Christopher Demos-Brow (screenplay). (Available on Netflix).
Note: It is advisable to read all or part of the material, but if they do not have time to read anything at all or watch the movie they are also welcome to attend the course because they will profit from short introductions to the texts and their conceptual discussions.
- Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G. & Tiffin, H. (eds.) (1995). The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London and New York: Routledge.
- Bradbury and Ruland (1992). From Puritanism to Postmodernism. London: Penguin Books.
- Du Bois, W. E. B. (1903) The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches. New York: Fawcett.
- Gates, Henry Louis Jr. (1989). The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism; New York: Oxford University Press.
-Fanon, Frantz (1967). The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Penguin.
- Linscott, C. (2017) "#BlackLivesMatter and the Mediatic Lives of a Movement". Black Camera, Vol. 8, No. 2 pp. 75-80. Indiana:Indiana University Press. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/blackcamera.8.2.04. Accessed: 06-01-2020
- Pratt, Mary Louise (1991-01-01). "Arts of the Contact Zone". Profession: 33–40. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/25595469. Accessed: 06-01-2020
- Rubin, L. (1966). D. "Flannery O’Connor and the Bible Belt" The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery - O’Connor. Melvin J. Friedman and Lewis Lawson, editors. New York: Fordham University Press.