Postcolonial

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]


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]


Latina/o Border Theories

LTNST/ENGL 226, Spring 2012

Our coursework focuses on Latina/o writers who both cross and claim cultural, racial, sexual, gendered, generational, spiritual, and institutional borders. Such texts open spaces between categories through overlapping, intersectional, and layered self-representation. [read more]


Literature of the Western Hemisphere

CMLIT 005, Spring 2010

Though broad in its sweep, this survey of Western hemispheric literature delves into specific local traditions, cultures, and histories and looks at writers who engage with colonialism, nationalism, slavery, diaspora, and migration in their work. [read more]