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Violence and American Identity
CHUM 334
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 368, AMST 337

This is an interdisciplinary seminar that examines a foundational theme in modern American studies: a national culture shaped by violent encounters on the frontier. Over the course of the semester, students are asked to re-imagine this idea (and the field of American studies itself) as situated in transnational, colonial, and postcolonial cultural contexts. Beginning with selections from a classic American studies text, Richard Slotkin's Regeneration Through Violence, and ending with a reflection on post-colonial violence and the nature of global citizenship, the course centers three historical moments that are critical to the American studies as a hemispheric, and a transnational, field of study: pre-19th-century imperial encounters on the Anglo-French-Hispano-American frontier; the reconfiguration of American national responsibilities in a decolonizing world after World War II; and the effects of the Vietnam War on American identity after 1968.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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