This class explores representations of race and ethnic identity in American literature and film from the 1920s to the present. Examining the relations between fiction and cinema, we will attempt to trace common strands of theme and imagery across the cultural productions of African Americans, Latina/os, and Asian Americans, and discuss questions of identity politics and minority cultural nationalism, class, gender, and sexuality, the status of the documentary, cultural appropriation, and the relationship of art to history and tradition. This is a seminar that will be centered on class discussion so attendance and participation are mandatory. Students will be required to view the films outside of class. Films may include The Color Purple; Zelig; She's Gotta Have It; Born in East LA; Chan Is Missing; and Chameleon St. Course requirements will include two long papers.