AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Authenticity and Representation
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Lab Fee:
26.00
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Feathered headdresses. Face paint. War whoops. These are markers of the stereotypical Indian in American popular culture. They are easy to see and often easy to condemn. The American public increasingly wants to know that when they see a Native American the clothing/regalia is accurate, the person wearing it is authentically Native, and the encounter is not one of appropriation. But what do we mean by accurate, authentic, and appropriation? How can we be sure of what those concepts demand of Native and non-Native people? This course focuses on one piece of the long history of Native American representation in American popular culture: authenticity and its evidence. We will read cultural productions (e.g. images, literature, film, music, plays) that depict Native Americans in order to identify how these cultural objects explain and defend a particular notion of Native American-ness. Tracking the relationship among claims to authenticity, evidence proving those claims, and assumptions about suitable evidence we will seek to recognize the underlying logic in American ideas of Indianness. We will work to dissect this logic to ascertain its foundations, reveal its instability, and uncover its insecurities. This course is suitable for Native American Studies Minors, the Ethnic Studies Sub plan, and those interested in the representation of minorities in American popular culture. This course utilizes GradeCraft.

Schedule

AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
29111
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: 001: Early American Cultural History
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27291
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Authenticity and Representation
003 (LEC)
 In Person
29112
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 003: Stereotypes in American Culture
004 (LEC)
 In Person
30655
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: 004: Games, Narratives, Cultures
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30671
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 005: Screen Jewish Cultures Lecture
006 (LAB)
 In Person
30973
Open
2
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: 006: Screening Jewish Cultures Lab
008 (LEC)
 In Person
25890
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
009 (LEC)
  Hybrid
27771
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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