Mother Goose Gets Makeover @ Occidental

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Cultural Marxism is called “critical theory” in many universities today. At Occidental College in California, where a young Barack Obama went after being tutored in Marxism by communist Frank Marshall Davis, “Critical Theory and Social Justice” is now an interdisciplinary department, “drawing on ideas from across traditional academic disciplines.” The official department website describes Critical Theory as referring to “various bodies of theory and method—Marxism, psychoanalysis, the Frankfurt School, deconstruction, critical race studies, queer theory, feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and intersectionality—that interrogate the essentialist assumptions that underlie social identities.”

Courses include:

  • Mother Goose to Mash-Ups: Children’s Literature and Popular Texts
  • Psychic Life of Violence
  • Queer Los Angeles: Cruising the Archive
  • Bodies for Exchange
  • Whiteness

If you are as curious as I was, you’re wondering about the content of the course “Mother Goose to Mash-Ups: Children’s Literature and Popular Texts.” Here’s the official description:

“Why did the London Bridge fall down? Is Rub-a-dub-dub really about bath time? Why didn’t an old man live in a shoe? Who is more imperialist, Babar or Peter Pan? Is Tinky Winky gay? Is South Park a children’s show? Is Harry Potter a Hero? How tired was Rosa Parks? Using different critical approaches, this course will examine children’s poetry, picture books, novels, cartoons, feature films, and music videos. Analysis will include topics related to gender, race, culture, and nation, as they play out in the aesthetics, images, and poetics of children’s texts.”

The course “Whiteness” is described this way:

“This course seeks to engage the emergent body of scholarship designated to deconstruct whiteness. It will examine the construction of whiteness in the historic, legal, and economic contexts which have allowed it to function as an enabling condition for privilege and race-based prejudice. Particular attention will be paid to the role of religion and psychology in the construction of whiteness.”

 

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org This blog is excerpted from an article he wrote for Accuracy in Media.

Photo by Ted Van Pelt

Photo by Ted Van Pelt

 

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  1. Robbins Mitchell

    May 16, 2016 1:07 pm

    “Little Miss Muffet,sat on a tuffet,
    Eating her curds and whey,
    Along came a spider,
    And sat down beside her,
    And said,”Whatcha got in the bowl,b!tch?”

    “Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
    Eating his Christmas pie,
    He stuck in his thumb,
    And pulled out a plum,
    And said,”aaahh damn,that’s hot!”

    “Old Mother Hubbard,went to the cupboard,
    To get her poor dog a bone,
    And when she bent over,
    Rover took over,
    And gave her a bone of his own”

    “Mary had a little lamb,
    It’s fleece was white as snow,
    And everywhere that Mary went,
    The lamb was sure to go
    It followed her to school one day,
    And a great big dog jumped out and f*cked it”

    “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
    She had so many children,she didn’t know what to do.
    So she sold them all to the Gypsies,
    And retired to Florida”

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