Category: Read Along with Berkeley English

Writing Race: Faulkner and His Progeny

Welcome: The English Department welcomes you to “Writing Race:  Faulkner and his Progeny,” and I look forward to meeting you via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month. —Mark Danner “The past is never dead,” Faulkner famously said. “It is not even past.” In our time of racial turmoil, few High Modernist writers feel more contemporary. Faulkner managed to...

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Modernity and the Films of the Coen Brothers

Welcome to the black comedy of the Coen brothers. We’ll concentrate on three films, starting with their first, Blood Simple (1984), a neo-noir, influenced by film noirs of the 40’s and 50’s. But it is also a post-modern text about uncertainty, misunderstanding, and other films. See you on October 4th, Best, Julia Bader Through films ranging from Miller’s Crossing and...

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The Other Melville (Professor Samuel Otter, English 190)

Welcome: The English Department welcomes you to “The Other Melville,” and I look forward to meeting you via Zoom and to talking about Melville’s fiction. —Samuel Otter Most readers know the works of Herman Melville through his now-famous Moby-Dick. But Melville wrote a range of compelling fiction and poetry before and after Moby-Dick. The “Read Along with Berkley English” component...

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The Graphic Memoir (Professor Hertha D. Sweet Wong, English 166)

Welcome to “Reading Along with Berkeley English.” As you can see, we are an eclectic bunch. I am a scholar of Native American Studies and American Studies. I never, never thought I would be reading (much less teaching) comics. But, although I resisted for quite some time, I finally listened to my brilliant students who insisted (repeatedly over several years) that I...

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Utopias and Anti-Utopias (Professor Steven Lee, English 190)

Welcome: Amid our enforced separation, it seems like an apt time to reconnect through the idealized spaces of utopia. By semester’s end, hopefully it will seem as though both utopia and anti-utopia are all around us. I’m looking forward to hearing voices from beyond our empty, utopian campus. —Steven Lee “A map of the world that does not include Utopia...

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James / Baldwin (Professor Stephen Best, English 190)

Welcome: Thank you for joining this seminar. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to think more deeply about the American canon–about how race informs our sense of “American” literature, and why some works of literature are classified as “political” while others are not. –Stephen Best James Baldwin made little secret of the importance of Henry James to his creative...

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The Prehistory of Black Lives Matter (Professor Abdul JanMohamed, English 133B)

Welcome: I am looking forward to working with members of the Reading Along group.  Traditionally, this course focuses on about 8 canonical modern African-American novels and autobiographies.  However, under the current situation, I have turned the course more toward the prehistory of the BLM movement. –Abdul R. JanMohamed This course will explore the foundation of systemic racism in US society by focusing on...

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