Films & Articles
Films and Articles


Assigned Articles

The following journal and magazine articles are required readings for the course. 
You are expected to read the articles before we view the associated film.

The articles can be accessed by clicking on their titles.

Where indicated, the .pdf files for certain articles are  posted in Blackboard.

Articles for week 1 and 2:

Pierce Lewis. 1979. Axioms for Reading the Landscape, pp. 11-32 in The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes, D.W. Meinig (ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Maria da Costa. 2004. Cinematic cities: Researching films as geographic texts, pp. 191-201 in Cultural Geography in Practice, A. Blunt, (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lorraine Dowler. 2002. The Uncomfortable Classroom: Incorporating Feminist Pedagogy and Political Practice into World Regional Geography. pp. 68-72 in Journal of Geography.

Peggy McIntosh. 1988. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.

Robert Jensen. 2003. White Privilege Shapes the U.S.

Nicholas Kristoff. Oct 11, 2014. When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 3. New York Times.

Nicholas Kristoff. Nov 15, 2014. When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 4. New York Times.

Nicholas Kristoff. Nov 29, 2014. When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 5. New York Times.

Europe ~ "When We Leave"


Taylor, Ella. 2011. "Faith, family, immigration and homicide." New York Times, 23 Jan: 11(L).

de Wenden, Catherine Wihtol. 2006. "Europe: immigration unwanted." European Affairs, Fall-Winter: 19+.

Lalwani, Sheila B. 2008. "The family name: honor killings in Germany." Kennedy School Review, 8: 109+.  

North America ~ "Real Women Have Curves"

“The Americano Dream.” 2005. Economist, Vol. 376, Issue 8435. Jul 16.

Access in Blackboard

Lewis. Jenny. 2005. “Body Image and the American Popular Culture Landscape: The Shifting Identity of Your Latinas in Real Women Have Curves.” Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture

Shorris, Earl. 2004. A Nation of WASPs? Nation, Vol. 278, Issue 21, p. 21, 2p.


South America ~ "Trash"

Hopewell, John. 2014. "'Trash; world preens in Rio to applause, gleeful laughter." Boston Herald. 8 Oct. 

Holtzman, Michael. 2014. "Rio State of Mind: Favela Pacification and the 2014 World Cup." truthout. 10 Jun.

Nidecker, Fernanda. 2015. "Striking gold - at a rubbish dump." BBC News. 21 Jan.

Sub-Saharan Africa ~ "Hotel Rwanda"

Torchin, Leshu. 2005. Hotel Rwanda. Cineaste, Vol. 30, Issue 2, p. 46, 3p.

Destexhe, Alain. 1994-95. The Third Genocide. Foreign Policy, Issue 97, p. 3, 15p.

Townsend, Gregory. 2011. Epilogue to Hotel Rwandainsights, Vol. 15, Issue 32, December 7, 4p.

Access in Blackboard


 A Separation

North Africa/South Asia ~ "Omar"

Zahriyeh, Ehab. 2014. "'Omar' a rare Palestinian feature film at the Oscars." 21 Feb.

Shulman, David. 2014. "Omar & the Occupation." Adbusters. 26 Sep.

Falk, Richard. 2014. "Omar: Uncovering Occupied Palestine." Foreign Policy Journal

North Africa/Southwest Asia ~ "Wadjda"

Scott, A.O. 2013. "Silly Girl, You Want to Race a Boy?" New York Times, 12 Sep: C12

Garcia, Maria. 2013. "A Woman's Voice Is Her Nakedness: An Interview with Haifaa Al Monsour." Cineaste. Fall.

Access in Blackboard

Zoepf, Katherine. 2013. "Shopgirls." New Yorker. Vol. 89, Issue 42, Dec 23. p.58-1. 8p.

South Asia 1 ~ "Monsoon Wedding"

Iyer, Pico. 2009. Monsoon Wedding: A Marigold Tapestry. The Criterion Collection. 19 Oct.

Lall, Rashmee Roshan. 2006. Waiting for a Sexual Revolution. New Statesman, 30 Jan. p. 28, 2p.

Harris, Gardiner. 2015. Marriage Sites Put Tradition to Test in India. New York Times. 24 Apr.



East Asia ~ "Grave of the Fireflies"

Ebert, Roger. 2000. Grave of the Fireflies.


Rauch, Jonathan. 2002.  The Firebombs over Tokyo: America's 1945 attack on Japan's Capital Remains Undeservedly Obscure Alongside Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Atlantic Monthly, July-August, p. 22. Atlantic Monthly Electronic Article


Ross, Sherwood. 2005. How the United States Reversed Its Policy on Bombing Civilians. Humanist, Vol. 65, Issue 4. p. 14-22.


Oceania ~ "Rabbit-Proof Fence"

McGregor, Russell. 2002. 'Breed out the Colour' or the Importance of Being White. Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 33, Issue 120, p286, 17p.

Access in Blackboard.

Olsen, Danielle. 2001. Dividing Australia: The story of the rabbit-proof fence., Issue 14.

Robertson, Geoffrey. 2002. The Great Socialist Shame. New Statesman, Vol. 131, Issue 4613, p. 28, 1p.