Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies Perspectives in American Studies
C701 | 12556 | Halloran

What do we talk about when we talk about “American Studies”?  This
course will focus on metacriticism and disciplinary introspection by
exploring the way American Studies scholars talk to each other (and
themselves) about what their discipline is as well as what it does.
Starting from a discussion of what constitutes a “community,” and
proceeding to question how we understand “America” to be defined,
this course will trace the development of American Studies as an
academic discipline from both a historical and a theoretical
perspective.  Then, we will read a few key texts that embody, rather
than problematize, American Studies’ inherent interdisciplinarity.