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Herb Green

Herb Green

Hi I'm Herb Green, an instructor in the English Department, the LGBT Studies Department, and the IDST Department at City College of San Francisco. I have a B. A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, a Masters Degree in American Studies from Brown University, and a Masters Degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. I'm interested in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and American Literature.



Spring 2008

Herb Green
Castro Valencia Campus. Room 203
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Course Reader:

Distinct styles in dress, manner, and taste have played a central role in the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This course examines significant styles from leather to lipstick and from drag to disco and assesses the evolution of sensibility and identity in various Queer cultures and communities.

Queering Cultural Studies: Roots, Routes, and continued Diasporas

Week 1: Introduction, What is LGBT Studies? Queer Diasporas and the search for Pink Meccas.

Week 2: Sex and Gender Systems

Week 3: Sex and Gender Systems

Week 4: Queer Personal Narratives

Week 5: Reconstructing Sexuality and Culture

Politicized Style: Queer Studies, Popular Culture

Week 6: Labels and Queer Politics: The 1920s

Week 7: Beauty Norms and Queer Culture

Week 8: Stonewall and Building Gay Communities

Week 9: Queer Artist: Student Presentations

Week 10: Queer Artist: Student Presentations

Occupied Territories: Geography and Queer Culture

Week 11: Sexual Courage: the 1940s and 1950s

Week 12: The West Coast – Lesbian Culture in SF

East Coast – Gay Male Culture in NYC

Week 13: The Queer South

Week 14: Southwest and Midwest – Transcending Border

Voicing Desire –Documenting Post Millennium Queer Narratives and Histories

Week 15: Student Presentation (Present Historical Narrative/Oral History)

Week 15: Library Research and Student Teacher Conference

Week 16: Peer Edit, Review Writers to Date

Week 17: Final Student Project Presentation

Week 18: Final Student Project Presentation

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Last updated: 01/27/2008

Early African American Literature (ENGL32A) Online

ENGL 96 or placement in ENGL 1A.
Not open to students who are enrolled in or who have completed ENGL 34A

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature with Audio Companion, Second Edition
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University (General Ed.)
Nellie Y. McKay, University of Wisconsin, Madison (General Ed.), et al.
ISBN 0-393-97778-1 One-Vol paper with 2 Audio CDs 2,800 pages • 2004

This online course examines early African American literature from 1890 to 1940. Special emphasis will be given to how enslaved African American created a genre of literature that responded to and testified against their captors; bore witness to the urge to be free and literate, and helped shape the notion of what it means to be an American. Our study of post-emancipation African American literature focuses on the profound influence the Great Migration had in the creation of a "New Negro" Consciousness, a declaration to celebrate African heritage and aesthetics. This course incorporates African American cultural artifacts -- spirituals, blues, jazz, folk/fine arts, spoken word, and hip hop -- to broaden our understanding of 'the call and response' inherent in African American consciousness. This course also integrates online resources and exhibitions at San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, an institution committed to the contributions people of African descent have made across the globe.

Narrative Rhythms, The Vernacular Tradition

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Black Spirits, Introduction to the Vernacular Tradition

Week 3: The Vernacular Tradition and Social Change

Mapping Escape, Plotting Deliverance, 1746 - 1865

Week 4: Reconstructing Womanhood

Week 5: Southern Legacies, Northern Territories

Week 6: Black Culture, Black Consciousness

Week 7: Black Culture, Black Consciousness (continued)

Up From Slavery, Reconstruction to the New Negro, 1865 - 1919

Week 8: Black Masculinity and Philosophical Thought

Week 9: Midterm Exam Essay

Week 10: Inventing the New Negro

Week 11: Re-Inventing the New Negro

From Plantation to Ghetto, The Harlem Renaissance, 1919 - 1940

Week 12: Poetic Landscapes, Visions of Home

Week 13: Engendering Race

Week 14: In The Life, Sexuality and Race

Week 15: Un-caging the Act of Negro Writing

Continued Diasporas

Week 16: Individual Student Teacher Conferences / Research Project

Week 17: Research and Editing Final Paper

Week 18: Final Exam


January 17:
Class Orientation, Mission Campus Library, Rm TBA, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

March 20:
Class Orientation, Mission Campus Library, Rm TBA, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Mission Statement
Our core values recognize the interdisciplinary nature of the intersection of sexuality, gender- identity, gender, race, class, ability, and age in understanding the LGBT community. Therefore, we believe interdisciplinary approaches to education are critical. Our courses are accesible to all.

Department History
History on the first Queer Studies Department in the U.S.


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