LET-NAS414
American Culture in a Global Context: Imagining America in Text, Image and Music
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-NAS414
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
prof. dr. F. Mehring
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Lecturer
prof. dr. F. Mehring
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. F. Mehring
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Examiner
prof. dr. F. Mehring
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
By the end of this course, the student:
1) has acquired insight into the processes that have shaped the global image of the United States in and vice versa, with a focus on transatlantic exchanges;
2) is able to describe, analyze and contextualize images of "America" as produced by Europeans and Americans including travelers, writers, intellectuals, diplomats, musicians, and people working in the visual media industry;
3) has developed skills to analyze processes of cultural transmission and comprehend patterns in reception processes of American (popular) culture in Europe and China.
Content
In this course, we analyze processes of democratization, cultural appropriation, cultural transfer, and cultural mobility from modernism to the digital age of globalization. Based on particular case studies and key moments of intercultural confrontations, we will investigate patterns of (anti)Americanization in modern cultures by addressing the ambiguous, multivalent functions of popular media. You will engage in theoretical reflections on (distorted) cultural reception, transmission, and mobility. This will enable you to theoretically ground critical approaches to American culture in transatlantic and global contexts. You will understand the complex ways in which European nations have responded to American popular culture in texts, (moving) images, and music. Special sessions are dedicated to the intersection of music and politics, Islamophobia in popular culture, and America’s ongoing contest with China.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
To be announced

Instructional modes
Lecture

Seminar

Tests
Participation
Test weight25
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1

Minimum grade
5,5

Presentation
Test weight25
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1

Minimum grade
5,5

Research Paper
Test weight50
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5