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Lecture 24

ENGC23 Lecture 24: 12.2 The End of the Road

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12.2 The End of the Road Desire and Subversion in ​ The Wiz ​ (cont.) ● Kansas is in Omaha ­ shows the center of America is also full African Americans, not just Caucasians  ● The crows: shoutouts and critique of the crows in Dumbo ’s ​ ○ The actors who voiced the crows was African American while the ‘boss’ was Caucasian posing  as a Black or racialized character  ○ Character is referred to “Jim Crow” ­ a Black character from the slavery era   ● Before Evilene dies, the men are dressed in monstrous formational dress; after her death everyone rips  the clothing down to loincloths  ○ Reversal of what was expected ­ underneath the grotesque presentation is something beautiful,  natural and rejoicing  ○ “Freedom” from the Wicked Witch; Baum’s original novel was about the ending of slavery  ● Kind of a sad commentary that the rejoicing of beauty in a racialized body still surprises us and has to  be in the realm of fantasy ­ who belongs to fantasy and who drives fantasy?  ○ I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it vs. I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it  Exam Format ● 14th April; 7­10pm in MW170  ● Don’t bring books or laptop or cell phones ­ closed book exam  ● Rules:  ○ Work in any order you prefer as long asyou label which section you’re doing clearly  ○ Avoid repeating ideas or arguments from your term essay ­ when iuse ​different book  ○ Exam is meant to demonstrate your familiarity with course concepts as well as texts ­ you want  to show that you’ve been in class for the past 12 weeks  ○ Expect some extra credit  ● Part 1: Passages (15%)  ○ ID test, author, date (dates are shown on the study sheet)  ○ Close read to show significance; passages are picked for a reason, and they usually have  several different approach​hy was the passage picked? if you’re desperate, at least try to  guess why the passage is important  ■ Some passages might be film stills or film lines   ○ Choose ~10 out of 15  ○ Expectations:  ■ Correct precise ID for author and title (especially the last name)  ■ A heft paragraph ​ore than 3­4 sentences  ■ Should be organized around a unified theme or claim (don’t just list all the fantastic  things you see in the passage)  ■ Offer reading of significanc­ assume the prof knows the book pretty well and don’t  just explain what’s going on in the passage  ○ Example:   ■ Gunslingeby Ste
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