Ampersand: Examining America: American Dreams: Art, Culture, Performance, and Politics

DRAMA 1100

Rooted in Jeffersonian ideals of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the notion of the "American Dream" actually has a complicated history and its meanings are diverse and contested. This Ampersand course investigates how perceptions, representations, and meanings of the American Dream have changed throughout history-and how they live on in the contemporary United States. Rather than seeking definitive definitions or answers, we carefully and thoughtfully examine case studies of American culture and the arts-literature, theatre, film and painting-as the lens for understanding images of nation and identity. Utilizing an intimate seminar format to facilitate close reading and discussion of works in various media, this Ampersand course emphasizes both critical thinking and writing-and also requires students to execute a creative project of their own making as well. We also visit a variety of exciting performances and exhibits, both on and off-campus. Our primary goal is a compelling, interdisciplinary perspective on the American Dream, one that synthesizes the arts, performance and politics. This course is intended for first-year students; any seats remaining after first-year students enroll are open to other classes.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU Eth; BU IS; AS HUM; AMP