AMCULT 275 - Practices of American Culture
Section: 002
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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"Borderlands, Structures, and Revisions: American Cultures through Communities, Identities, and Affects" Taking an interdisciplinary humanities approach, and using concepts of intersectionally conceived social space to organize our ideas, we will study literary, historic, and cultural contexts that shape, locate, and define “what is an American.” Through lectures, discussions, individual and group work, students will learn to relate narrative texts (stories) and architectural forms (spaces) to better understand how different media can represent, interrogate, and complicate concepts of national identity (self). While reading plays, novels and glimpsing several icons of American architecture on slides and in films, we will pay close attention to the ways in which texts and architecture—or books and buildings/stories and spaces—record and interpret various stages in the formation of Americanness: from the Puritan notions of representational self to postmodern theories of alienated, splintered, and fragmented subject. We will also examine the ways in which notions of private and public space have been shaped by such aspects of socially constructed identity as gender, race, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and nationhood; we will explore select historic moments in which one’s sex, skin color, class or ethnicity determined who did or did not belong in the idealized American social space. Throughout the course, we will thus trace a fascinating dialogue between narrative and visual forms–between actual and imagined American peoples and their stories, places, forms, and structures.

AMCULT 275 - Practices of American Culture
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002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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