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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

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131B On The Road: Outlaws and Poets in the American Landscape This course explores the romance of the open road and of alternative (outlaw or outsider) identities, against the backdrop of a suburbanizing and increasingly conformist America in the wake of the Second World War. In addition to Jack Kerouac’s epic and experimental novel, On the Road, we’ll examine classic films (including American film noir and French New Wave) for their depictions of the outsider and of the seamy underside of the sunny suburban “American Dream.? Additional readings will provide social and economic context for our primary written and cinematic texts, as we seek to understand the interplay of experimental fiction and poetry with post-war cultural developments (including innovations in jazz).. Student work will consist of essays and a final project, oral presentations, and seminar group discussions.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy L Kool
Date: 10/18/2010