Imagining the American Frontier in Popular Culture and Fiction. (CSRE 114, FEMGEN 114A)
Wang, Y. (PI)
Stories of the frontier pervade our cultural texts and linger in our imaginations. This course focuses on the continued fascination with the American West and frontier narratives as source material for a wide range of popular culture texts and fiction. From Oregon Trail to Joss Whedon's Firefly and from Quentin Tarantino to Janelle Monáe, this course draws from a wide range of genres and formats including novels, short stories, films, serialized television, board games, video games, and experimental hypertext fiction. Putting historical primary sources in conversation with contemporary cultural texts, students will examine how the entwined and sometimes conflicting process of history- and memory-making has continued to build frontier imaginaries in the present.
Letter or Credit/No Credit