ENGL 4411 American Fiction and the Wild West (Spring: 3 )
While cowboys, Indians, and ponies remain prevailing icons of the "Wild West," this course strives to complicate and supplement these images by studying American texts that recycle, reimagine, or otherwise reflect on the West. When does American literature need Western narratives, and how does it use them? How can literature remark on, reshape, or frustrate common Western themes like violence, exploration and discovery, authenticity, cross cultural contact, cowboy masculinity and domestic femininity, and the human-non human relationship? What role do politics, class, and labor play in imagining the literary West, given Manifest Destiny and America's often ruthless continental development?
Instructor(s): Kiara Kharpertian
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13