Latino Studies | A &H Topics: Race, Place, and Nation
L398 | 16407 | Geneva Gano

RACE, PLACE, and NATION: Imagining our Communities
Class carries Culture Studies credit.
Class meets with American Studies A350
9:30a-10:45a   MW   SY 103

Is the nation solely an “imagined community,” or does it have a
necessary relationship to physical place?  How do places become
nationalized?  What is the relationship between “race” and “place”?
This course draws upon questions central to postcolonial theory and
environmental studies, focusing on ways in which geography—physical,
political, and cultural—comes to acquire nationalist (or
antinationalist) meaning in modern literary texts.  Together, we
will track the meaning of various places in modern American
literature, including political and cultural territories, natural
and built borderlands, and migratory and temporary homesites.  Our
purpose will be to discover how representations of particular places
and the peoples associated with them enabled writers to express
approval of or resistance to hegemonic “American” values and
beliefs, including Anglo-Saxonism, “Puritanism,” nationalism, class
stratification, and others that were especially prevalent in the
U.S. after the First World War.