This course considers the ways in which Americans regard themselves and examines the forms through which that self-regard has been expressed and recorded over time. We will ask: What does it mean to be narcissistic? Is there anything distinctly American about obsessive self-centeredness? How has digital culture affected the way we engage in narcissistic behavior? How are particular manifestations of narcissistic behavior gendered? Can narcissism benefit us? Who does it harm? In the multidisciplinary tradition of American Culture Studies, students will be asked to examine texts, materials, and scholarship from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, history, psychology, visual studies, and material culture studies. We will analyze autobiographies, travel narratives, philanthropic efforts, social media, and, of course, selfies. This course fulfills the Intro requirement for American Culture Studies majors, who will be given priority enrollment, but is open to all.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01Topics in AMCS: American Narcissism: Cultures of Self-Obsession from the Autobiography to the Selfie
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