REL 318
California: Myths, Peoples, Places Fall 2016 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ENVI318 / LATS318 / REL318 / AMST318 / COMP328
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Crosslisting Between Paradise and Hell, between environmental disaster and agricultural wonderland, between Reagan and Berkeley, between a land of all nations and a land of multiracial enmity, a diversity of myths have been inscribed onto and pursued within the space we call California. 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.”
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1611
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
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS, AMST, ENVI or REL
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;

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