This lesson considers the representative nature of mapmaking through Gerard Mercator’s sixteenth-century world map. The lesson centers power relations in its analysis of maps and knowledge production, to demonstrate how to read the signs within maps that illustrate mapmakers’ objectives, their cultural practices, and political contexts.
What, precisely, is a map? And, more important, what work do maps do?
What is the role of colorism in black female sexuality and the division of labor in slavery? Most slave narratives have a ‘moment of racial consciousness’ where the speaker first discovers they are enslaved. What was that moment of racial consciousness and enslavement for Linda/Harriet Jacobs? How does Jacobs argue slavery corrupts white Americans? How… MORE
Introductory Note (from Professor Rhae Lynn Barnes): This interactive film analysis focused on Paris Blues (film embedded below) was created by Lucas Bohlinger, an undergraduate in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Paris Blues is an American feature-length film directed by Martin Ritt on location in Paris, France, during 1961 staring Sidney Poitier (playing Eddie… MORE