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AADS 5400 Making Americans (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines the cultural diversity of American literature. It focuses on the themes of self-invention and re-invention in multi-ethnic texts with an emphasis on African American and immigrant writers. Genres and topics include: slave narratives, passing novels and the color line, coming-of-age stories, assimilation and Americanization, Orientalism, blackface performance, whiteness and the Africanist presence, transnationalism, urbanism and regionalism, multiracial and “post-race” identities, and post-9/11 immigrant experiences. Although the course will focus primarily on racial and ethnic diversity in American literature, we will also consider how gender, sexuality, and class intersect with ethno-racial difference.


Instructor(s): Lori Harrison-Kahan

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4531

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-15