Spring 2008 Courses

CAS AM 200 A1 Introduction to American Studies An exploration of the multi-faceted themes of American society and culture in selected historical periods using a variety of approaches to interpret such topics as American art, literature, politics, material culture, and the mass media. Required of concentrators. Patterson TR 11:00am-12:30pm

CAS AM 250 A1 American Arts & Society: American Colors – Race and Culture in the U.S., 1965-present This course is an interdisciplinary examination of American culture in which we will explore the interplay of race, society, ethnicity, and popular discourse through analysis of critical and creative literature, film, and television. Focusing on recent American history (1965 to the present), we will utilize U.S. Census-derived racial categories as the framework, (i.e. black/African American, white/Caucasian, Asian, and so forth) to interpret the meaning of such classifications and investigate their impact on the ever-growing heterogeneous American society. Texts will include, Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker, Laura Coltelli’s Winged Words, Tricia Rose’s Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America as well as selections from the edited collection Latino/a Popular Culture. Film and television screenings will include Smoke Signals, Crash, Chapelle Show, South Park, Da Ali G Show, and Ugly Betty. Carries Writing Program credit for CAS WR 150. Savory MWF 10:00am-11:00am

CAS AM 501 A1 Special Topics in American Studies: Issues of Form, Genre, and Audience: Twentieth-Century Fiction on the Page and the Screen We will read fiction by important twentieth-century American authors and view selected cinematic (and television) adaptations of their work, attending to some of the artistic and cultural issues that arise when images replace words, corporate decision-making processes substitute for personal acts of creation, and idiosyncratic works of art are turned into movies and TV shows intended to appeal to mass audiences.  Authors whose works will be considered include Henry James, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, John Cheever, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and possibly others.  This course fulfills the American studies senior research seminar requirement and is also open to graduate students (who will be required to complete a special research project). Carney TR 12:30pm-2:00pm

CAS AM 502 A1 Special Topics in American Studies: American Consumer Society and Its Discontents Analysis of critiques of America as a consumer society. Readings in history, literature, economics, and social theory critically investigate political change and cultural values. Reflecting on such investigations, this course assesses the idea of America and the nature of its democracy.  Queen TR 12:30pm-2:00pm

CAS AM 553 A1 Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes Seminar in architectural and landscape recording techniques involving readings, fieldwork, and writing; projects include research on individual buildings as well as groups of resources. Emphasis on research design and evaluation of evidence. Also offered as MET AM 553 D1. Dempsey R 2:00pm-5:00pm