misc. literature recommendations
Here are some titles that I thought of during the last meetings. So before I forget them all (which I sure will), here they are:
- Lynching and Photography:
Dora Apel and Shawn Michelle Smith: “Lynching Photographs”
Shawn Michelle Smith, “Photography on the Color Line: W. E.B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture” (chapter 4: “Spectacles of Whiteness: ThePhotography of Lynching”
- Oral History:
For those of you interested in oral history…I am a big fanof Alessandro Portelli’s “The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory, andMeaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome” (he also wrote other great books on oralhistory). It’s about the March 1944 Fosse Ardeatine massacre, and reminded memuch the events that “Hangmen Also Die” is based on. In fact, teaching the film AND Portelli (and Bernard Malamud's short story "The Last Mohican," which takes place in Rome and includes subtle references to the event) would be effectivefor an interdisciplinary approach to explore the relationship between history,memory, trauma, nation, film, and representation in general. Moreover, it shows—like noother book, in my opinion—both the possibilities and limitations of oralhistory as a historical method to examine fascism, resistance, urban andnational history, individual and collective memory, and the embattled meaningsinvolved.
Here is a good review of the book:
If you seek an introduction to the theoryand practice of oral history (if you are planning your own oral history project), Columbia U’s Oral History Research Office offersan excellent summer institute, with changing themes every year. I participatedyears ago in one on “Narratives of Displacement,” and it was fantastic and veryhelpful. They invite the leading oral history scholars (Portelli is part of thecore faculty), and experts in the institute theme:
OHRO is also a great resource; they have an impressivecollection of oral histories and cover a broad spectrum of topics (Mary, maybehelpful for you?):
- Film Analysis:
I recommend two classic texts to introduce undergraduates tofilm analysis (James, you asked for suggestions in your project description);they strike me as the most comprehensive texts:
Graeme Turner’s “Film as Social Practice (4thedition) is a basic introduction to the study of film: covers all aspects offilm analysis—from film history to film language to ideology and audience, withinstructive case studies.
The second text I use is James Monaco’s “How to Read a Film:Movies, Media, and Beyond”: a brief intro to film theory and history, film asan art form, issues of technology, and film’s relationship to other media: