AMST 149
First-Hand America
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 149 / AMST 149
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Gonzo journalism, the nonfiction novel, literary journalism, the “new new journalism”: the study of American culture has thrived in the able hands of writers, reformers and amateur anthropologists. This course is an introduction to American writing and culture through the eyes of extraordinary witnesses who work as public intellectuals, addressing a readership that reaches beyond the university. Through essays, films and music we will track the documentary impulse from coast to coast: from Ferguson, Baltimore, Miami, Watts, Denver, Harlem, Chicago, Compton and Sing-Sing prison to the wilds of Alaska and rural Georgia; from mass demonstrations to the most intimate, bedside revelations. How have writers and artists given their audiences tools for understanding power, privilege, and difference in America?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1012
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: multiple short essays and revisions, peer-editing and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 149 Division II AMST 149 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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