Extended Studies History course.
Winter Term informationRobert Dewey
184A: Boxing in History, Literature and Film
Course Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon MF; 10:00-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3:30 p.m. TR
The course will analyze the history of organized boxing, the so-called "Sweet Science" or what Joyce Carol Oates described as "America's tragic theater", through its representations in histories, literature and film. From the implementation of the Broughton Rules in the 1740s to the present, the course will analyze the intersections of race, class, capitalism and gender in a boxing context. With a particular emphasis on the 20th century, the course will trace boxingÂ¿s rise to mass popularity and its precipitous decline. Course readings will include the commentaries of literary figures like Joyce Carol Oates (On Boxing), Norman Mailer (The Fight), F.X. Toole (Rope Burns), Leonard Gardner (Fat City), essays by William Hazlitt, Ring Lardner, Richard Ford, Jack London and films like Raging Bull, Rocky, The Harder They Fall, Million Dollar Baby and documentaries on Jack Johnson (Unforgivable Blackness) and Muhammad Ali (When We Were Kings) among others. If time and resources allow, students will have an opportunity to visit and train in a local boxing gym.
184B: Holocaust on Film
Course Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. MTRF
World War II and the Holocaust continue to haunt imaginations as one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. In this course, we will encounter the history of the Holocaust through readings and films. We will consider questions of guilt and responsibility, analyze motivations of killers and coping strategies of victims. We will read some recent historical scholarship to ground our understanding. Our readings will be paired with documentaries and feature films which we will view as a group. Students will process their ideas in class discussions and daily writings assignments. Additionally, all students will write one longer paper based on a film of their choice and some additional research. Tuesdays will be reserved for work on this research paper component. There will also be a final exam.