Junior Colloquium: Sites of the Self: Maps, Gardens, and Houses|
Fall 2016 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
We are where we are. We make ourselves out of the places we create and inhabit. This course examines three of the sites central to culture: maps, gardens, and houses. Each attempts to reveal an immaterial ideal in a material form: maps give a "god's eye" view of the world's totality; gardens recreate lost paradises; and houses embody their inhabitants. Using literature, images, and film, we will look at American sites and their histories. This colloquium explores issues of material and visual culture in American studies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CIVI-MN)
Texts will include fiction and nonfiction, scholarly work, and primary documents (maps, garden and house design). Among others, readings will include work by Hawthorne, Wharton, Bachelard, Monmonnier, Andrew Jackson Downing. This is a provisional list; the books available through Broad Street Books will be the final reading list.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two essays, one midterm, and final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
regular attendance, participation in discussion, one in-class presentation
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