ENGL 650R (01) - I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture

Studying American Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 16195
Examine unique themes, theories, and works of art in American Studies that are not offered on a regular basis. This course explores the intersection of literature and medicine; as well as comics and graphic narrative; music and social protest, photography and nonfiction; the literature of Stonewall. Learn how to approach the proposed subject, its specialized vocabulary, history and politics in its pages, and its value for the contemporary moment. May be repeated for credit, barring duplication of topic.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): AMST 603, ENGL 650
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Charli Valdez

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 MW 11:10am - 12:30pm HS 201
Additional Course Details: 

In fall 2022 this course may be taken to satisfy the Race Requirement for English department majors. 

ENGL 650R satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for English department majors. 

In this course students will explore the field of Latinx literature and culture in order to develop the ability to speak and think critically about race relations in the USA. Course readings, video, podcasts, & social media will be drawn from texts produced primarily in English by individuals of Latin American descent often with words, phrases, and/or paragraphs in Spanish. Our work will highlight the topic of Latinx immigration and past and present testimonios, a Latinx literary genre that we will compare to memoir, journalism, spoken word and other genres and modes of expression. The materials covered may ask us to consider the intersectionality of race with gender, sexual orientation, economic class and religion. Over the semester we will discuss how methodology and phenomena like third wave feminism, queer theory, and migration resist entrenched power structures and discourse. This course is discussion- and writing-intensive and cross-lists with Women’s and Gender Studies and Latin American Studies. In terms of the work students will do, we will address such questions as: What does quality research and source evaluation look like? What does excellent participation entail? What do reading discernment, inquiry,  nuance, process and multi-step problem solving, creative thinking through iterating alternatives, acknowledging difficulty and unframed assignments, and evidence have to do with good writing and expression?