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Langue de l'enseignement : Anglais

Niveau de l'enseignement : C1-Autonome - Utilisateur expérimenté

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Description du séminaire de Mme Grassy:

Words, Thoughts, and Things in American Studies

What is American about America? If there is such a thing as “Americanness,” where is it located and how can we study it? In this class students will learn how to interpret American culture and analyze the ways it shapes, mirrors, and challenges American ideals and values. We will start by studying the evolution of American Studies as a discipline, which will lead us to reflect on what we talk about when we talk about America, and how we talk about it. By analyzing key narratives, ideas and objects in American history (e.g. the Frontier, the Melting Pot, the Brooklyn Bridge) and their foundational role in the process of nation building, we will probe the concept of “American” culture.

Students will be expected to develop and refine their skills of cultural analysis, synthesis, and interpretation. This is a reading-intensive class: one scholarly article is assigned each week to all students for discussion - civilisation majors read an additional text which will help them further their understanding of the concepts and theories under consideration. Each student’s presence and intellectual contributions, therefore, are valued and expected at every class meeting.


Compétences à acquérir

The objectives of the course are:
- to acquire an understanding of how American Studies evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries,
- to initiate a conceptual reflection about specific aspects of American culture, through the analytical study of various academic writings published from 1940 to today
- to introduce students to the wide range of methodological tools that have been used to study anglophone cultures.


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Parcours : Approche interdisciplinaire en science des données