We shall read seven books and an essay, and [if possible] watch a video and a movie. Here are the materials:
First segment: Karl Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia
Second segment: Richard B. Lee and Irven DeVore, editors, Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers: Studies of the !Kung and Their NeighborsEdwin Wilmsen, Land Filled With Flies
Third Segment: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Signifying MonkeyZora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Coda: Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Edward Said, "Jane Austen and Empire" in Culture and Imperialism
With the Coda, it is highly desirable that students watch the 1999 movie of Mansfield Park made by the Canadian director Patricia Rozema. Lee and his associates made a 50 minute video of the !Kung called "Man the Hunter," I believe, and if anyone can find it on-line somehow, watching it would be very useful.
There it is, folks. I believe that this will be one of the most interesting, sophisticated [although not pretentious or obscure] and rewarding courses I have ever taught. I do hope someone actually sticks with it to the end. But in the Blogosphere, one never knows.