AMST 340 Fall 2014 The Aesthetics of Transnationalism in American Literature (D) (W)

Cross Listed as COMP335, ENGL425
Transnationalism describes the continuous flow of goods, people, and ideas within the agitated dynamics of a globalized and modern world. Typically, research in transnational American Studies promotes investigations of American culture in its myriad appropriations in local and specific contexts on a global scale by defining borders as permeable and flexible. But how does transnationalism become visible on the level of textual aesthetics? We will be looking at aesthetic representations of transnationalism in a select body of narrative texts from the American Revolution to 9/11: Olaudah Equiano;s The Interesting Narrative (1789); Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World (1859); Henry James' Daisy Miller, A Study (1899); James Baldwin's Another Country (1962); Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy (1990); Cristina GarcĂ­a's Monkey Hunting (2003); and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2006). This course fulfills the critical theorization theme for the Exploring Diversity Initiative through its comparative analysis of scholarship and literature on transnationalism American identity. It invites students to re-think present and historical concepts of American identity by tracing senses of self which are not confined within national borders.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: papers (2-page theory part; 6 to 8-page draft; 15-page full essay); in-class peer-review activity; in-class presentation of paper project on a text we discussed in class; class participation.
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Enrollment Preference: if the course is over-enrolled, preference will be given to American Studies and Comparative Literature majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1829
AMST 340 - 01 (F) SEM Aesthetics of Transnationalism (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Silvia Schultermandl
T 1:10 PM-2:25 PM R 11:15 AM-12:30 PM 1829
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