AMST-ENGL 1201 / HIST 1503: Introduction to American Studies
TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, AMST class #13157As a basic introduction to the key issues of the field of American Studies, this course will explore such topics as: the role of space in American history; the role of immigration across history; the interplay of the arts with social and political ideas; the place of race, gender, class, and ethnicity now and in the past; patterns of everyday life; and architecture and material culture generally. Authors will include Frederick Douglass, Sarah Orne Jewett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Leslie M. Silko.
Professor: Wayne Franklin
AMST-ENGL 1201/HIST 1503: Introduction to American Studies
MWF 11:15-12:05, AMST class #6366What does it mean to be American? This section introduces ways of examining the United States while investigating popular literature and television. How has this country imagined itself in fiction? Students will be introduced to the practice of American Studies; the course is designed to teach students how to critically analyze United States culture and society.
Professor: Richard Testa
AMST / ENGL 2200: Literature and Culture of North America before 1800
TuTh 3:30-4:45, AMST class #19091This course will examine the early written and oral record of what eventually became the United States. Our readings will be drawn from a variety of sources: recorded Indigenous mythic and historic texts, travel accounts originally written in various European languages (e.g., French, Spanish, Dutch, German, and English), works centered on Indigenous-Euro-American contact and conflict, social history documents of literary value, key political documents, and poetry, early fiction, and autobiography. Secondary readings on Husky CT will serve to illuminate the cultural contexts within which the primary texts were created. We also will consider various non-textual analogues (e.g., architecture, art, landscape, material culture, and social, economic, and political institutions) that will be introduced during weekly discussions and mini-lectures. The goal is to achieve a rich understanding of the ways in which peoples of many varied backgrounds, from the Asian-derived indigenous inhabitants of North America to the various immigrant populations from continental Europe and the British Isles and the enslaved Africans they introduced to the Western hemisphere, came to express their views of the land and their experiences on it and with each other.
Professor: Wayne Franklin
AMST / AASI 2201: Introduction to Asian American Studies
TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, AMST class #13610According to recent U.S. Census figures, Asian Americans, including long-time residents and newcomers, are the fastest growing racial minority population in the United States. Asian immigrants and refugees now make up about half of the people immigrating to the United States. Their histories, cultures, and experiences are crucial to understanding both historical and contemporary formations of American citizenship, identities, and values. This course is an introduction to the field of Asian American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that uses histories, films, memoirs, and other texts to study how the history of immigration, exclusion, and naturalization laws has visibly shaped existing Asian American communities and identities, and how “Asian America” is central to a more general understanding of American culture and public life.
Professor: Na-Rae Kim
AMST / ENGL 2207: Empire and U.S. Culture
TuTh 11:00-12:15, AMST class #13254How the frontier and overseas ambitions have shaped U.S. institutions and culture. The impact of U.S. expansion on people outside its borders. These topics are explored through literary narratives and historical documents. CA 1. CA 4.
Professor: Jerry Phillips
AMST / ENGL 2274W: Disability in American Literature and Culture
TuTh 5:00-6:15pm, AMST class #10696The term “freaks,” like so many other derogatory epithets, has come to have a two-fold meaning. Originally meant pejoratively, the word freak has been reclaimed by many within the disabled community as a badge of difference, as a mark of one’s identity, and as an indication of being extraordinary. In this course we will explore the ways in which the extraordinary body has been used culturally to help reinforce ideas of normality. We will ask how disability has been enfolded in depictions of various “others.” We will also consider how ideas of disability continue to evolve, and how our quest for perfection shapes everyone’s future. In the process, we will also be engaging a variety of theoretical questions that have material consequences on social policy, and the lives of people affected by those policies.
Professor: Anna Mae Duane
AMST/ARTH 3570: History and Theory of Digital Art
TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, AMST class#10699Most of the digital communications technologies in use today had their beginnings in Cold War era American military. But even in the earliest days at Bell Laboratories, programmers and inventors sought to make art with computers. This upper-division art history course investigates the role played by digital and electronic technologies in art and art making and the attendant impact on received modes of art’s production and reception. How does art that utilizes or produces forms that are alterable, copied, or obsoletized by hard- and soft-ware upgrades affect longstanding ideals about authenticity, uniqueness, and materiality? How do we understand the public sphere for digital and Internet art’s reception? How have artists internationally responded to or adapted these technologies to confront and negotiate U.S. imperialism? Finally, how might artists maintain a critical stance while utilizing military, corporate, and consumer technologies to produce their art?
Professor: Kelly Dennis
AMST / POLS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
TuTh 8:00-9:15am, AMST class #10586
The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.
Professor: Virginia Hettinger
AMST / POLS 3822: Law and Popular Culture
TuTh 9:30-10:45am, AMST class #10587
This course is an exploration of the myriad relationships between law and popular culture, where popular culture is treated simultaneously as a reflection, a distortion, and a shaper of law and legal practice.