Fall 2014 not offered
How do we know what we know? This seminar will explore how the archive has shaped diverse imaginings of America. We will read primary works in which archives--in the form of documents, found objects, and archival spaces--feature prominently and compel us to question how we determine what an archive is and what its meanings are. We will also examine critical texts to understand how the archive can discipline knowledge, yet when used creatively and critically, can help us come to know that which we don't know. Students will conduct their own archival projects to illuminate something new about our understanding of America.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Texts include Angel Island poetry, writings about Ho Chi Minh, and works by Jacques Derrida, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Thomas Pynchon.
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Attendance and active class participation; presentation, shorter papers; research project.
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This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirement in the English major and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations. It also fulfills the Research requirement for Honors thesis writers.
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