AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 002 History Through Literature
Term: FA 2011
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Course Note:
This course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and issues in American Studies in a seminar format from a Humanities perspective. It enables students to have contact with regular faculty in a small-class experience and to elicit their active participation in the topics under discussion.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course takes a broad sweep through the epic transformations in the United States and its intersection with the broader world over the past century through reading historical fiction (and one work of science fiction). We’ll identify and talk about the historical transformations, political and social conflicts, and profound ethical issues faced by characters in these books.

Required readings:

  • E.L. Doctorow: Ragtime
  • Philip Roth: The Plot against America
  • Graham Greene The Quiet American
  • Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible
  • Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
  • Thomas Pynchon: Vineland
  • Octavia Butler; Parable of the Sower
  • Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows

    Course Requirements:

    Assignments include weekly one-page response papers, a short paper, and a final creative project.

    Intended Audience:

    Enrollment restricted to first-year students

    Class Format:

    The class is primarily discussion based, but we will sometimes augment the reading with film or music, drawing on cultural references within the novels or film adaptations.

  • AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
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    001 (SEM)
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    MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
    002 (SEM)
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    26000
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    Wolv. Access
    5Y1
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    MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
    003 (SEM)
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    25667
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    Wolv. Access
    1LHSP Y1
    3Y1
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    TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    005 (SEM)
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    32013
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    11Y1
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    MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
    006 (SEM)
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    32014
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    10Y1
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    MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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    Note:
    The books are listed in the order that we will be reading them. Any edition of the book is fine. You can find most of them used, or even new for under $10.00. Although I've listed the Complete Maus and Persepolis (volumes I & II, you may do better buying the volumes individually.
    ISBN: 9780812978186
    Ragtime, Author: by E.L. Doctorow., Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks 1st ed. 1975
    Required
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0060852585
    The lacuna : a novel, Author: Barbara Kingsolver., Publisher: Harper Perennial 1st Harper 2010
    Required
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0679406417
    Maus : a survivor's tale, Author: Art Spiegelman., Publisher: Pantheon Books 1st ed. 1997
    Required
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0375714839
    The complete Persepolis, Author: Marjane Satrapi., Publisher: Pantheon Books 1st ed. 2007
    Required
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0312551878
    Burnt shadows, Author: Kamila Shamsie., Publisher: Picador 1st Picado 2009
    Required
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
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