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Fall 2010-2011
* CHV 396 / AMS 396 / POL 310 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Idea of America

John E. Seery

Explores, from various angles, periods, and points of view the idea of America as: an experiment in republicanism on a scale never before attempted; the New World; a promised land; a frontier space; a slave nation; or a dream (albeit often dashed). Examines critically the shifting images, ideologies, and mythologies surrounding the idea of America as portrayed through fiction, film, music, sports, art, poetry, and political theory.

Sample reading list:
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution
Thomas Pynchon, Crying of Lot 49
Richard Rodriguez, Days of Obligation
Norman Mailer, An American Dream
Jay Hamilton Madison, The Federalist Papers

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings will cover a mix of novels, political theory, and scholarly commentary. Students will write 8 short papers (1-2 pages each) and a final research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 65%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
26675 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:22 Limit:20 Closed