ENVI 318 California: Myths, Peoples, Places (W)

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as LATS318, REL318, AMST318, COMP328
"Now I wish you to know about the strangest thing ever found anywhere in written texts or in human memory...I tell you that on the right-hand side of the Indies there was an island called California, which was very close to the region of the Earthly Paradise." As far as we know, the name "California" was first written in this passage by GarcĂ­ RodrĂ­guez de Montalvo, ca. 1510. Within a few decades, it came to be placed first on the peninsula of Baja California and then upon a region stretching up the Western coast of North America. What aspects of this vision are still drawn upon in how we imagine California today? How did certain narratives of California come to be, who has imagined California in certain ways, and why? What is the relationship between certain myths, the peoples who have imagined them, and the other peoples who have shared California dreams? In this course, we will examine some of the myths that surround California by looking at a few specific moments of interaction between the peoples who have come to make California home and the specific places in which they have interacted with each other. Of special interest will be imaginations of the Spanish missions, the Gold Rush, agricultural California, wilderness California, California as "sprawling multicultural dystopia," and California as "west of the west."
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: this course will be mostly discussion oriented, with grading based upon participation, short writing exercises, one 3-page review essay with mandatory revision, one 5- to 8-page midterm review essay, and a final 10- to 15-page comparative review essay
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS, AMST, ENVI or REL
Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,AMST Space and Place Electives, ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3871
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ENVI 318 SEM California Myths (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jacqueline Hidalgo
ENVI 318 SEM California Myths (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jacqueline Hidalgo
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