Fall 2018 not offered
How do we know what we know? This seminar will explore the notion of archives as a way to understand 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.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Authors, artists, and texts we may study include immigration documents from Ellis Island and Angel Island, photography by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, Nicholson Baker, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Zora Neale Hurston, Karen Tei Yamashita
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2 shorter papers, final 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 option for Honors thesis writers.