4:00p-5:15p TR (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, we will focus on 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." Texts include works by
Ellison, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Wharton, Salinger, Burroughs, Acosta,
Jim Thompson, Hunter Thompson, Hemingway, and Ana Castillo.