Description: This unit proposes a week-by-week engagement with some of the defining moments in US cultural history. Working from the premise that ideas in the US are cultural and political acts, the unit constructs a chart of the nation’s salient (and often critical) intellectual projections. Blending written texts with works of visual art, high with ‘low’ culture, the course offers a close encounter with a misunderstood intellectual tradition and shows its relevance to the present.
USSC6914 is a core unit in the Masters of US Studies, taught in an intensive 10 week mode involving a 3 hour weekly seminar.
Taught in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012