English 151G 1960s Countercultures in Stanford’s Special Collections Professor Adena Spingarn



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Week 1: Protest at Stanford

Monday, March 28: Introduction

Wednesday, March 30:

Susan Sontag, “What’s Happening in America?” (1966)


Week 2: The Civil Rights Movement

Monday, April 4:

Martin Luther Jing, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet”

Calvin Trilling, “The March,” New Yorker

Alice Walker, “The Civil Rights Movement: What Good Was It?”

Wednesday, April 6:

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)


* Response paper due by the start of class
Week 3: The Beats

Monday, April 11:

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (1956)

Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letters

Gary Snyder, “Poke Hole Fishing After the March”

LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka], “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note,” “Short Speech to My Friends”

Wednesday, April 13:

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, letters to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky


* Response paper due by the start of class: Page four items from the Ginsberg collection that look interesting to you, select one that you find interesting and/or relevant, and write a 1-page account of your search. (For this response paper only, you will write about your search process only and do not need to analyze the item.)



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