Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 190
Critically engages with contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, cross-genre writing, or new media texts to investigate questions such as methods of interpretation, cultural identity, historiography, gender formations, or political analysis. Offered: ASp.
OUTLAW LANDSCAPES in AMERICAN LITERATURE. Our focus will be the relationship between the individual, especially the rebel and other nonconformists, and quintessentially American landscapes: wide-open spaces, the shifting "landscape" of U.S. and global politics, and the often surreal interior territories of the madman, the visionary, and the drug user. Moving from first-wave Romanticism, we'll concentrate on how this influential movement's values -- individualism, rebellion, and the search for authentic experience -- are reshaped in the context of late-20th- and 21st-century America.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class discussion with minimal lecture.
Class assignments and grading
Regular journal-writing and short, formal, responses (e.g. paragraphs). Two short (~3-page) essays.
Class participation and contribution (includes 1 oral presentation) (15%) Homework (including 1 group project) 15% Essays (35%) Midterm (15%) Final (20%)