Description: This unit introduces students to the contradictory richness of ‘Americanness’ from an interdisciplinary standpoint and prepares them for the Major in American Studies. It is divided into different modules, each addressing a core national myth. We will approach each module from a variety of angles: historiographical, literary and visual, opening lines of interrelation between historical and imaginary forms in the construction and ongoing redefinition of the United States.
AMST2601 is the core unit in the American Studies major, and is a team-taught unit involving staff from History, English, Film Studies and the United States Studies Centre. The course is structured around a series of modules. My role varies in different iterations of the unit.
Lectures on “What is American Studies?”, “Civil Rights,” and “1950s Masculinity”
Lectures on “What is American Studies,” six lectures in the Disneyland module, “Civil Rights,” “Constitutional America,” and “Immigration and Borders”
Lectures on “The Cold War,” “Dr Strangelove,” “Self-Made Men,” and “Failure”
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Lectures on “Conformity,” and “Repression”