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FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS (L61)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)FL2019

L61 FYP 160AFirst-Year Seminar: Easy Riders, Migrant Laborers: American Mobility in Literature and Film3.0 Units
Description:The open road -- a quintessential American image. This seminar explores the stories of open space, social mobility, and renewed possibilities that pervade American literature, film, and media. What accounts for the pull of the open road? What roles have these stories played in the making of American identities? We'll pursue and complicate ideas of mobility, examining how class, race, gender, sexuality, and national origin shape them. Within national narratives of movement and upward mobility, how might we conceive the coexistence of freewheelers and restricted travelers, immigrants and displaced refugees? Our journey will begin with westward expansion in the U.S. during the 19th century and take us through the rise of the highway, mass migration, and new media platforms that have reshaped ideas of mobility in the 20th and 21st centuries. Our routes will range widely, following American frontier spaces as they expand beyond the continental U.S. and even into the digital. This course will engage with a diverse group of authors, including Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, John Wayne, Jack Kerouac, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Gloria Anzaldúa, Miné Okubo, Thi Bui, Imogen Binnie, Anthony Bourdain, Victor Hugo Green, and Colson Whitehead. Course is for first-year, non-transfer students only.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L14 160  L46 160  L98 160Frequency:None / History


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