Keene State

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]


Caribbean Literature and Music

ENG 399, Fall 2014

This class locates Jamaican reggae, Afro-Cuban jazz, and Trinidadian Calypso (among other regional, national, and international styles) in relationship to literary expressions of Caribbean identity, history, and culture.  [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]


Thinking and Writing

ITW 101, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

This course examines cultural movements that have broken from the mainstream, emphasizing the role of countercultures and subcultures in American society from 1960 to the present. [read more]