Dissent in America

Dissent in America - Dr James Mellis Honors Dissent in...

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Dr. James Mellis Honors Dissent in America Eng 949-2 MWF 11:00-11:50 Tuttleman Learning Center Rm. 202 Office 951 Anderson Office Hours MWF 12-1 and by appointment Email [email protected] Required Texts: Ralph Young Dissent in America: Voices that Shaped a Nation *Additional texts on BlackBoard *Additional texts are posted on Blackboard. They are indicated on the syllabus with BB. You are responsible for printing out and bringing these texts to class on the days they are assigned. General Overview: In this course, we will look at a number of significant political moments in American history, distinguishing and connecting them, considering the historical and cultural contexts of how we continue to tell (and teach) literature and history. What is dissent in America? Where does it happen? What forms exist for the expression of dissent? In what fields of culture and media do acts of dissent and transgression occur? Is “politics” an imposition on art, or is art inherently political? And is politics inherently ‘artful’—full of art, containing it, using it, mobilizing it, performing it, transforming it? As we consider such questions, we will concentrate upon many moments/types of dissent, historical and contemporary, reformist and revolutionary, distinct and overlapping, including: *war resistance *pacifism *civil rights *labor rights *neoluddism *progressivism *liberalism *anarchism *socialism *separatism *feminism *extremism *terrorism *libertarianism *nationalism We will examine these in terms of their historical, political, and aesthetic contexts. Course Goals: This course is designed to develop knowledge, historical and cultural awareness, critical thinking and communication skills, and principled citizenship through: *understanding relationships between cultural and political practice, in (and beyond) the U.S. *understanding the meaning of historiography and its relationship to politics and literature *understanding the roles of art and literature in transforming, preserving and contesting history *understanding democratic ideals and ideology, forms of power and resistance We will do this through: *critically evaluating historical and literary works in relation to one another *assessing multiple historical instances and legacies of dissent over the past 150+ years *conceptualizing dissent as a practice of representation connected to intellectual, linguistic, cultural and technological transformation
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Throughout the course, students will be expected to: *identify and comprehend historical events and arguments in context with their formulations in literary and other cultural artifacts (books, films, songs, monuments, etc.) *contribute to a dialogue among peers (in class and on Blackboard’s discussion board) about forms of dissent,
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ENGLISH 0949 taught by Professor Jamesmellis during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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