ENGL-275-01 History and Memory in Modern America
Fall for 2006-2007
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Readings and discussions in this seminar will focus on the ways in which the past in interpreted, ordered, and memorialized, in texts as well as in archives and collections of material objects. Readings in primary and secondary sources will help us to consider the relationship between personal and public memory, the ways of narrativizing memory, the interplay between history and memory, and the function of artifacts, displays, and monuments in shaping and preserving a public memory. Texts will (probably) include Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Morrison’s Beloved, Mason’s In Country, Doctorow’s Ragtime, and Dillard’s An American Childhood. Writing requirements will include short response papers and critical essays and a longer final project focused on a local museum, exhibition, or monument.
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