AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Section: 001 Space, Story, and American Self
Term: FA 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Course Note:
A multidisciplinary introductory study of cultural diversity and pluralism evidenced by the existence of, dynamics within, and the interactions among cultural groups, races, and histories in America.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This lecture-and-discussion course focuses on the historic and cultural contexts of "what is an American" by bringing together narrative texts and architectural spaces that represent, interrogate, and complicate the concepts of national identity. We will pay close attention to the ways in which texts and architectural forms — books and buildings — recorded and interpreted various stages in the formation of Americanness. While telescoping onto the historic and literary moments in which the notions of race, gender, class, and ethnicity determined who did or did not belong in the idealized American social space, we will trace a fascinating dialogue between the making of this culture through stories, novels, and actual and imagined places, forms, and structures.

Requirements:

  1. Consistent attendance, preparation for, and participation in both lectures and discussion section meetings;
  2. Mid-term and final in-class examinations;
  3. Brief reading responses and group and individual discussion section presentations.

AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
35735
Open
3
 
-
Tu 9:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
45118
Closed
0
1Fr or So
-
Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
45119
Open
3
3Fr or So
-
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
45120
Closed
0
 
-
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (REC)
P
45122
Closed
0
4Fr or So
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (REC)
P
48902
Open
2
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0307278441
The bluest eye : a novel, Author: Toni Morrison ; [with a foreword by the author]., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2007
Required
ISBN: 0892552905
Bread givers : a novel ; with photographs, Author: Anzia Yezierska. Foreword and introd. by Alice Kessler-Harris., Publisher: Persea Books 3. ed., 4. 2003
Required
ISBN: 0679776508
Mona in the promised land, Author: Gish Jen., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1996
Required
ISBN: 0393979695
The Norton anthology of American literature, Author: Nina Baym, general editor., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. Shorter 6t 2002
Required
ISBN: 0020198817
The great Gatsby, Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli., Publisher: Collier Books 1st Collie 1992
Required
ISBN: 0393956539
The Scarlet Letter: Norton Critical Edition
Required
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