AMCULT 206 - Themes in American Culture
Section: 101 The Berlin Wall in American History, Literature, and Popular Culture
Term: SP 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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In AMCULT 206 we will examine histories and fictions of the Berlin Wall in American Culture. We will look at novels, popular music, movies, television shows, graffiti, speeches, photography, advertisements, and artwork from a diverse span of individuals including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Leonard Freed, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Keith Haring, Joyce Carol Oates, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, U2, Barack Obama, and many others. Against the Cold War battleground of Berlin, these figures have imagined the Wall as an American phenomenon, and represented the Wall in their creative works. They do so to wrestle with broader meanings of freedom and repression in the U.S. – especially around issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Students will develop skills useful for historical and cultural analysis, especially in urban and transnational contexts. No previous knowledge of German language or history is required, just a passion for popular culture and current events.

AMCULT 206 - Themes in American Culture
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101 (REC)
MWTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0226467627
The ghosts of Berlin : confronting German history in the urban landscape, Author: Brian Ladd., Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press paperback 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1596912405
Slumberland : a novel, Author: Paul Beatty., Publisher: Bloomsbury USA 1st U.S. e 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0802170560
Book of clouds, Author: Chloe Aridjis., Publisher: Black Cat 1st ed. 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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