African American

Hip-Hop Literature

ENG 399, Fall 2015

This course considers hip-hop as literature and the literature of hip-hop.To the four classic elements (breaking, turntablism, rap music, and graffiti) we add a fifth: writing.  [read more]

Introduction to American Studies

AMST 210, Fall 2014, Spring 2016

This class uses the central concepts and interdisciplinary methodologies of American Studies to trace the emergence and effects of mass media and popular culture in the US from 1830 to the present. [read more]

Jazz Literature

ENG 399, Spring 2014

Jazz Literature traces the reciprocal exchange between improvisational forms of black American music and writing by major black authors from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement and beyond. [read more]

American Biography

AMST 370, Spring 2014

This course examines non-fiction narratives by multi-ethnic writers whose personal experiences, insights, and reflections affirm and critique American nationalism and exceptionalism. [read more]

What is American Studies?

AMST 140, Fall 2013, Fall 2015

This course treats the blues as an aesthetic tradition, a political ideology, and a cultural imperative. Evident in music, art, literature, and film, the blues aesthetic transcends genre. [read more]

Contemporary Literature

ENGL 140, Spring 2011

Writers since the 1960s have experimented with multimedia and collaborative forms. This course examines authors whose engagement with technology highlights a postmodern crisis at the axis of race, gender, and mediation. [read more]

Alternative Voices in American Literature

ENGL 135, Fall 2010

Coursework traces multi-ethnic social movements, subcultures, and youth culture from the early twentieth century to the present, situating historical shifts within transnational and hemispheric contexts. [read more]