Fall 2020 not offered
How do we know what we know? This seminar will explore how the literary archive has shaped diverse imaginings of America and the politics of knowledge production. We will read primary works in which archives feature prominently and that compel us to question how we determine what an archive is and what its meanings are. To interweave archival theory and practice, we will also work with Wesleyan's Special Collections and Archives. Students will have the option of delving into their own materials or the University's archives to undertake projects that illuminate something new about America.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Authors, artists, and texts we may study include immigration documents from Ellis Island and Angel Island, photography by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, Nicholson Baker, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Zora Neale Hurston, Karen Tei Yamashita
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2 shorter papers, final project
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This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirement in the English major and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations. It also fulfills the Research option for Honors thesis writers.
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