English | American Literature since 1914
L354 | 2025 | Martinez


12:20p-1:10p MWF (30) 3 cr

This course will survey a number of texts with the intention of examining
how "America" is imagined and portrayed. This is not a "masterpieces"
course, although all of the works we will read have their own unique
literary merit. Instead, what we will focus on is the text as it performs
the cultural work of creating individual, communal, and national
"identity." The critical issues of race, gender, class, and the relation
between "citizen" and "nation" will move us toward understanding competing
national narratives and how we strive to understand ourselves in and of
"America."

Requirements: Mid-term exam, take-home final

Texts: Course Reader, MY ANTONIA, DHARMA BUMS, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING
GOD, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, BELOVED, ...AND THE EARTH
DID NOT DEVOUR HIM.