AMST 409 Senior Seminar: Sentimental Empire (D)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ENGL409
America's expansions and interventions throughout its national life have evoked both sentiment and violence. While imperialist ventures themselves--often manifested as acts of war, although not exclusively--were violent, the cultural logic and rhetoric that accompanied, represented, and remembered them embraced sentimental language and imagery. Our course examines this apparent contradiction of U.S. imperialism to ask whether and how the sentimental has not only masked but also supplemented and enabled violence of empire. We will also consider how sentiment and violence together function as ways to govern and discipline empire and its subjects. Our scope will include specific sites and histories (including but not limited to westward expansion, Philippine-American war, Cold War) as well as broader theoretical perspectives and implications through engagement with contemporary American Studies scholarship on U.S. empire. This class reflects the aims of the Exploring Diversity Initiative by critically reconsidering the operations of power and management of difference as they have been shaped and enabled by ideology and culture.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active and consistent in-class participation, 2-3 short response papers, final project
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Prerequisites: prior courses in American Studies or permission of instructor; not open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: senior American Studies majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10-15
Class Number: 1231
AMST 409 SEM Sentimental Empire (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Ji-Young Um
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