ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

What does it mean to achieve the American Dream? Most of us would probably say that it has something to do with attaining financial success—perhaps by any means necessary. As the self-proclaimed land of opportunity, America is awash with stories of upward mobility and successful “get rich quick” schemes. Why do stories of people climbing their way to the upper echelons of society maintain such a powerful hold on the American imagination? What does this phenomenon tell us about sociopolitical life in America?

This course invites students to contemplate these questions and to explore the history of America’s cultural fascination with the pursuit of wealth and status. We will begin by reading two classic narratives from the early days of American big business and work our way up to the twenty-first century, the era of television shows like Billions and Breaking Bad. Along our journey through the collective American psyche we will consider what these narratives have to say not only about the acquisition of wealth but also about the sources of financial failure, the emotional and psychological effects of class mobility, the nature of corruption and criminality, and what it takes to overcome hardships such as poverty, disability, and discrimination. 

Major Requirement: American Literature 

Schedule

ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
28889
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
24432
Open
1
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
28890
Open
1
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30229
Open
12
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LEC)
 In Person
32828
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (LEC)
 In Person
33676
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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