English 60ad. Migrations: Testing the American Dream

Instructor: Beth Blum
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1 pm | Location: Sever 308

Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

This course will first analyze the representation of success in key works of the American canon by Benjamin Franklin, Horatio Alger, Henry James, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Nathanael West. We will then broaden the conversation to consider some contemporary and international responses to the American myth of self-fashioning by Samuel Beckett, Mohsin Hamid, Sheila Heti, and Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Note: Be sure to attend first class meeting to be considered for admittance.

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