This seminar will combine a general presentation of American Studies subjects with a more detailed discussion of important aspects of "diversity" with respect to the political, social and cultural history in the U.S. Our analysis will examine the ways in which race, class and gender have been socially constructed as difference in the form of hierarchy. Thus, discussions in class will focus on selective critical and literary texts concerned with the formation, presentation and experience of race, class and gender in relation to recent debates on the issue of "difference".
Participants are asked to buy:
Brown, Wesley and Any Ling (eds.). Imagining America. New York: Persea Books, 2003.
Colombo, Garry & Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle (eds.). Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1993 (9th edition 2013).
For background reading, I recommend:
- Cambell, Neill and Alisdair Kean. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.
- Mauk, David and John Oakland. American Civilization. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2005.