American Crazy: Five Myths of Extremism, Violence, and National Identity|
Fall 2016 not offered
Among the industrialized nations of the world, the U.S. has long had unusually high levels of crime, violence, and imprisonment. This course will explore five especially prominent cultural explanations for American violence. We will consider the origins of these explanations in American myth and history, and we will investigate their appearance in literary expression, journalistic reporting, popular culture, and social science.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Claude Brown, MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND
Truman Capote, IN COLD BLOOD
James Fenimore COOPER, LAST OF THE MOHICANS
Thomas Dixon, THE CLANSMAN
Frederick Douglass, NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE . . .
William Faulkner, LIGHT IN AUGUST
James Fox Jr., THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE
William Pierce, THE TURNER DIARIES
and additional selected readings and film viewings
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This will be a writing intensive course. Students will complete five short essays (3-4pp), with revision, and a longer, research project (8-10 pp).
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