Junior Colloquium: Cultural Power and American Studies|
Fall 2011 not offered
Our interdisciplinary venture focuses on the 19th century to the present. We will explore key American studies critical concerns such as the analysis of how cultural power relates to the reproduction of contradictory social relations and to efforts to bring about social transformation. Thus, we will consider not only what Americans are involved in--politically, economically, culturally--but what they might do about it. Our critical dialogues will engage cultural theory (Eagleton, Kavanagh, Weedon, West, Hooks), cultural criticism (Frank), literature (Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Glaspell, Baraka), historical critique (Zinn), art and advertising (Berger, Kruger), and films (Capra, Lee, Moore). We will help one another develop as theoretically aware and creative American studies thinkers.
Interpretation (we will engage in theoretical, historical, and close readings of a range of texts and ideological productions) and Ethical Reasoning (we will raise political and ethical questions about what we read and discuss).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Frank Capra, Meet John Doe (film)
Terry Eagleton, WHAT IS IDEOLOGY? and THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THEORY
James Kavanagh, IDEOLOGY
Herman Melville, TYPEE
John Berger, WAYS OF SEEING
Mark Twain, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT
Howard Zinn, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Chris Weedon, FEMINIST PRACTICE AND POSTSTRUCTURALIST THEORY
Cornel West, THE DILEMMA OF THE BLACK INTELLECTUAL, LEARNING TO TALK ABOUT RACE
Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka), THE DUTCHMAN AND THE SLAVE
Spike Lee, DO THE RIGHT THING (film)
Bell Hooks, COUNTERHEGEMONIC ART: THE RIGHT THING
Thomas Frank, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW CONSERVATIVES WON AMERICA, HIP IS DEAD
Michael Moore, FAHRENHEIT 9/11 READER (book) plus Fahrenheit 9/11 (film)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three five to seven page papers plus some exercises. Each student will take a turn at leading class discussion. Films will be shown on three Sunday evenings during the term.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only American Studies majors--either juniors or seniors--may take this colloquium.
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