Literature, Film, and the American Dream

MET IS 360

  • Historical Consciousness
  • The Individual in Community

TThis course will examine the nature of the American Dream through fiction, essays, poetry, autobiography, historical documents, and art. It will follow the Dream evolving from the Puritan fathers? desire for religious freedom to the Revolution's emphasis on political liberty, the 19th century's focus on self reliance, and the quest for the good life characteristic of the 20th century. At the same time, such characteristic thematic elements as the desire for equality and the maturation of the soul will be examined in terms of their impact on different permutations of the American Dream. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, The Individual in Community.

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