English | American Literature, 1914-1960
L358 | 28830 | Don Belton

Don Belton

28830 – 2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

TOPIC: “Literature of the American Dream”

Students in this course will gain familiarity with a set of
essential 20th century literary texts in relation to the myth of the
American Dream.  Through literature, we will explore some basic
American myths such as the idea of the frontier, the consumer
culture of identity and desire, and the concept of the journey as a
mode of spiritual, material and psychological transformation.  By
focusing on stylistic and thematic connections between the texts,
this course offers students a chance to develop their critical
thinking skills and to become more thoughtful and perceptive readers
of literature and culture. Exemplary texts include Fitzgerald’s The
Great Gatsby, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Giovanni’s Room by
James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams’ Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and Tracks
by Louise Erdrich.