CVA2012 - SF2 WEST AS FRONTIER IN AMER IMAG
SF2 WEST AS FRONTIER IN AMER IMAG
CVA2411 The West as Frontier in the American Imagination
4 credit (Intermediate Liberal Arts)
In this course, we investigate the myths, realities and hopes associated with the American West: that ever-moving frontier of the mind and body where visions of American national identity are invented and celebrated, contested and re-imagined. Our texts will include autobiographies, novels, short stories, historical essays, poems, films, photographs, and other images. Authors may range from Walt Whitman to Willa Cather, from Zitkala-Sa to Sui Sin Far; representations on film may extend from "Chinatown" to "Brokeback Mountain"; in "The Social Network", we can find the American success story in a classic bi-coastal transplant plot, with Silicon Valley as the new frontier.
When Horace Greeley issued his famous advice to Civil War veterans, “Go West, young man!”, he went on to say, “Go West, and grow up with the country.” As we will see, the West is still that mythic place where the country is forever young and restless, questioning and creative, inventing the future.
Prerequisites: RHT and Foundation H&S and A&H
This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Spring or Fall