Ethnography of the American Rural|
Fall 2021 not offered
The rural stands as a fraught American symbol, positioned in stark contrast to its corollary: the urban and its cosmopolitan subjects. The American rural is variously represented as vulnerable, disappearing, backwards, regressive, slow. In this course, we elucidate the texture of the American Rural by engaging with ethnographic writing from the early 20th century into the contemporary. In exploring the rural as a meeting place of working-class expressive cultures, an atmosphere of slow or strange time, a dramatic history of industry and agriculture, a notoriously tense racial zone, an icon of severity, and a place of exuberant stories and poetics, we uncover the vital ideological function of the rural as the urban's dark twin in American myth throughout history and today.
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Readings will include works by E. Patrick Johnson, James Agee, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Bauman, Cynthia Duncan, Kathleen Stewart, Nadine Hubbs, J.D. Vance, and Arlene Russell Hochschild.
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4 reading responses (approximately 1000 words each)
2 class presentations (individually or in small groups)
Take-home final essay exam
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