American Studies 10 American Narratives, American Identity
- day and time MTWTh 2-4 pm
- location 250 LeConte
- instructor Shannon Steen
- 4 Units
- Class # 15766
Satisifes Social and Behavioral Sciences and Historical Studies L&S Breadth Requirements
Summer Session D, 7/3/2017 – 8/11/2017 Americans have a variety of stories they tell about themselves. In this class, we will take three of these narratives and see how they are represented in popular culture. We will look at how Americans use film, music, advertising, political cartoons, clothing and costuming, and electoral campaigns to think about who we have been, who we are, and who we would like to be in the future. What ideas are contained in these stories? And what are the implications for how we think about who we are? Possible narratives include: the Melting Pot, the American Dream, and the Rugged Individual.