T LIT 311
Studies major themes addressed by writers in America. Includes topics such as: individualism, identity and community; sex, love and marriage; justice and injustice; industrialization, technology and the city; authenticity and egalitarianism; and race relations. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
In this course, students examine how American literature portrays masculinity and identity in the 20th century. Students consider these topics by reading several genres and critical perspectives. For instance, students examine the various ways that critics have viewed masculinity. The class discusses how masculine ideals, such as heroism have shaped American culture. Additionally, we reflect on the ways that masculinity intersects with ideas of class, ethnicity, race and sexuality. Likewise, the class looks at unconventional forms of masculinity and masculinity in popular culture. We contemplate several questions during the course, including: What do books tell us about masculinity? How might texts reinforce or challenge gender norms? Why does masculinity play a major role in popular culture? The class reads the following texts: Diaz's Drown, Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Hemingway's In Our Time and Okada's No-No Boy, among others.
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