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

Studying American Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 56228
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
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 MWF 10:10am - 11:00am HS 105
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Spring 2023 Course Details: LatinX Literature & Culture

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, &/or 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. Self expression through Native American and Black readings, video, podcasts, &/or social media will constitute points of comparison and contrast. 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. 

In Spring 2023 this course satisfies the Race Requirement for English Department majors. 

In Spring 2023 this course satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for English Department majors.