Communicating Race and Ethnicity in American Culture

Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 30

The course seeks to examine how fictional and non-fictional writings and the visual arts in the USA help to communicate the sense of ethnic belonging, the making of new ethnic identities and the maintenance of the old ones.
The analysis of the works discussed will rely on some of the contemporary theories of race and ethnicity and will discuss a variety of 20th-century American novels, autobiographies, films and other works of art and popular culture coming from different narrative and cultural traditions. A particular focus will be placed on the relationship ‘self’- other’, on the cultural stereotypes and the role of language as part of the identity formation processes in the USA.

– Class participation: 25%
– Assignments: 25%
– Term project: 50 %

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