English 203

Graduate Readings: Cultures of U.S. Imperialism & the War of 1898

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2006 Saldivar, Jose David
Saldivar, Jose
TTh 11-12:30 205 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Anzaldua, G.: Borderlands/La Frontera; Burroughs, E.: Tarzan of the Apes; DuBois, W.E.B.: The Oxford W.E.B. DuBois Reader ; Gatewood, W.: �Smoked Yankees�; Goldman, F.: The Divine Husband; Iglesias, C.: Memoirs of Bernardo Vega; Harvey, D.: The New Imperialism; Linebaugh, P. & M. Rediker: The Many-Headed Hydra; Mart�, J.: Selected Writings; Montejo, E.: Biography of a Runaway Slave; Rizal, J.: Noli Me Tangere; Roosevelt, T.: The Rough Riders; Kaplan, A.: The Anarchy of Empire; Negri, A. & M. Hardt: Empire; Retamar, R.: Caliban and other Essays; Perez, L.: The War of 1898; Said, E.: Culture & Imperialism; Rowe, J.: Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism; De Leon: Our Word Is Our Weapon: Selected Writings: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos


This course has a double trajectory. One examines representations of U.S. imperialism in a variety of literary and nonliterary texts within a broad time frame, from the 1880s to the present. The second explores recent theoretical work about culture and imperialism, anarchy and empire, and sets them in dialogue with current efforts to remap the transnational and transmodernist dimensions of U.S. culture and society. Historically, we will discuss different forms of U.S. imperial expansion, from continental expansion to overseas acquisitions of territories as a result of the wars of 1898 to 21st-century forms of U.S. imperial domination. Depending upon the constituency and reading experience of members of the seminar, we may not read all of the books listed above. A supplementary reader of relevant essays will also be required.

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