American Studies Senior Seminar

In the fall of your senior year, you must enroll in the course designated as the American Studies Senior Seminar. The topic of the seminar, an interdisciplinary course housed in one of the major cooperating departments, varies every year. For Fall 2016, the seminar will be taught by Carlo Rotella of the English Department. The course is required for completion of the minor; admissions will be by permission of the instructor or the director of the American Studies Program.

ENGL 6648.01 Studies in American Culture: American Cultural Memory

In this seminar we will consider how mass media and popular culture shape the way we remember (and forget) histories of labor, migration, and war, as well as local and global social movements. We will begin with some key readings on the history and practice of American Studies. From there, we'll move through a series of case studies examining print, visual, and other cultural representations of American politics and life from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will explore a rich variety of material, including museums and memorials, visual and material culture, and journalism and fiction, among others.