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American Literatures and the Powers of Culture
AMST 341
Spring 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 338

We will focus on American literature, ranging from the 15th to 20th centuries, as a critical force that has reflected on how culture (and cultural producers) can encode the ways in which we read, experience, and imagine our selves, our world, our possibilities. We will engage some illuminating modern cultural theory, but our emphasis will be on coming to terms with the power of American authors as complex, self-reflexive, daring theorists of the powers of culture. Themes and subjects we will take up include: the power of language, representation, and narrative to help organize against and resist oppression; ethnographic literature (which is sometimes about internal colonization) that explores cross-cultural differences in the production of value and meaningfulness; literature that concentrates on understanding how and why Americans are complicitous with larger social contradictions and often act as if they are not; how literature (from romanticism on) understands itself as a subjectivity production industry.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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