In this unit, we study a variety of American literary and visual texts to consider what it means to read "nationally". We first examine the rise of literary nationalism to look then at the ways in which exigencies of empire, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality, for example, have exerted pressure on the fantasy of a cohesive national culture. We will also consider the transnational turn of recent decades to understand the nation's function in a global context.
2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
1x500wd in-class exercise (15%), 1x1500wd reader response (40%), 1x2500wd essay (45%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in English or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies