COMPLIT 280 - America and Its Others
Section: 001 Variations of Empire: Comparative US Interventions from 1887 to the Present
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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The events of 9/11 and the current War on Terror have magnified the reality of America’s influence and presence across the world. Overseas military bases, multinational corporations, and widespread American pop culture represent diverse sites in which the U.S. has built a massive global empire. Traditional narratives of American power, however, often disavow the idea of the U.S. as an empire, refusing to acknowledge early formations of American imperialism.

This course challenges this selective framework by exploring major U.S. global interventions over the last century and by analyzing both popular and political debates about the role of the U.S. in the world. Topics include the Westward “expansion” over Native American land, the Spanish-American-Cuban-Philippine War, U.S. occupations in the Caribbean, proxy governments in Latin America, militarization in the Pacific, the Cold War in Asia, and the current crises in the Middle East. Students will assess the relationships and negotiations between the United States and nations of various races, cultures, religions, forms of government, and economies. They will also consider competing perspectives on the meanings of democracy, citizenship, sovereignty, and human rights.

Primary and secondary materials include official sources (policy statements, Congressional Records) and popular sources (personal accounts, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, cartoons, films, and novels). Students are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments and to participate actively in class discussions.

Other requirements include a midterm exam, a 10-12 page research paper, and a final exam.

COMPLIT 280 - America and Its Others
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001 (SEM)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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