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Archiving America
ENGL 341
Fall 2016
Section: 01  

How do we know what we know? This seminar will explore the notion of archives as a window into the politics of knowledge production. We will read primary works in which archives--in the form of documents, photographs, postcards, and more--feature prominently and compel us to question how we determine what an archive is and what its meanings are. We will also examine theoretical texts to understand how the archive can be used to discipline knowledge, but when used creatively and critically, can also reveal new forms of understanding. Work with Wesleyan's Special Collections and Archives will give us a hands-on approach to the course's subject matter, and students will have the option of conducting their own archival projects to illuminate something new about our understanding of America.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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