How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Lecture Notes AMST-A 100 5/1/2014

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Indiana University, Bloomington
Amst-A 100 - What Is America?

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AMST-A100 1st Edition Lecture 27 Outline of Last Lecture I. Review: The exotic, the erotic, and inequality II. Scenes and questions from Heading South III. Discussion of themes in “Romance Tourism” and Heading South Outline of Current Lecture I. How Stella Got Her Groove Back a. Overlapping themes b. Gender, Class, Race c. Ambivalence II. Questions For Final Exam Current Lecture How Stella Got Her Groove Back  The main themes in the novel overlap with those in Heading South and “Romance Tourism” o Transnational perspective of American studies o Race, gender, and class o Nation  What do these three examples of transnational tourism have to tell us about race, gender, and class? o Race: continuity between what is going on with sex tourism and what was going on in the colonial period. Dark skinned provided sex for light skinned foreigners. o How Stella Got Her Groove Back complicates this idea because she is a black woman rather than white. o Outside of the US, race is understood in a very different way o African American’s visiting (for example) Ghana would be associated with white foreigners by the locals. Put in the same category as whites. These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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