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Instructor Info:William Ryan
Office Extension x5646
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
Description: This course takes a "forms of writing" approach to studying America in the early 1960s. Assignments will include literary analyses, research essays, portraits, and short fiction, and will consider such diverse topics as civil rights, nuclear annihilation and the rise of youth culture. We will explore how the charm of the Kennedy style and the drama of the Kennedy assassination disguised the mounting cultural, social and political turbulence of the period. To do so, we'll analyze television, magazines and music, although the literature of the early 1960s will receive our closest scrutiny: James Baldwin, Rachel Carson, Truman Capote, Betty Friedan, Michael Harrington, C. Wright Mills and others not only changed American society, but ultimately left us rich models for our own efforts today. Approximately half the classes will be devoted to student analytical and creative writing.