Five College Consortium

Myths of America

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu

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Hampshire College
This course investigates the imaginative, mythic, historical, and aesthetic meanings of "America," from its earliest incarnations through the mid-nineteenth century, and the ways in which the "national imaginary" has continually been challenged, shaped and pressured by the presence of radical and marginal groups and individuals. We will read both major and unfamiliar works of the colonial, revolutionary, early republic and antebellum years, and examine how these works embody, envision, revise, and respond to central concepts and tropes of national purpose and identity. Our conversations will address the spiritual and religious underpinnings of American nationhood; exploration, conquest, and nature; notions of individualism, progress, improvement, and success; race, ethnicity, class, and gender; alternative nationalisms and communities. This course is ideal for students seeking to ground and fortify their study of nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, history and culture.

Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Myths of America
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Rachel Rubinstein

10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH

Franklin Patterson Hall 105