Study of US culture through the interdisciplinary approach of American Studies and Cultural Studies; students will be able to identify the relationships between texts and contexts (historical, political, and social) and discuss the concept of American identity from both a national and a transnational perspective.
Front lessons, 36 hours
American Studies: theories, methods, and concepts; evolution and relationship with Cultural Studies. Vision and revision of the myths that built the nation. Theoretical approaches that are relevant for the study of US cultural aspects (Structuralism/Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, social theories, Feminist criticism, Gender and Queer Studies, Age Studies, Postcolonialism, Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies, Border and Hemispheric Studies).
30 texts of various kind and theme selected from the following anthology (the list will be provided at the beginning of the semester):
Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.
For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).
All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.