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American Literature and American Dreams (EN203.01T)

When the poet Langston Hughes lamented that America was not "America to me," he was referring less to a physical place than to an idea or ideal, what sometimes is called the American dream.  That dream comes in different versions, reflecting different visions, and many of the great writers of American literature have responded to those visions in their work.  This course examines America's dreams through studying some of the major works of American literature.  Authors include Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, and more.

EN 203 is open only to students who receive Advance Placement credit for Loyola's introductory core English course, "Understanding Literature," by earning a grade of four or five on the AP Literature test.

Faculty Biography

Paul Lukacs received his BA from Kenyon College and his MA and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.  A member of Loyola's English department since 1981, he is the author of a number of books, most recently Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures.

American Politics: American Exceptionalism: Fact and Fiction (PS102)

Is America exceptional?  This seminar invites students to consider what is unique about America’s historical development, its society and culture, and, especially, its government and politics.  Examining key documents, speeches, debates, letters, and literature from the American founding to the present, seminar participants will compare, contrast, and otherwise interrogate evidence of “American exceptionalism” and explore the political uses and power of exceptionalist claims throughout American history.  

Faculty Biography

Douglas B. Harris (B.A., The American University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University) is professor of political science.  His research on Congress, political parties, and media politics has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well chapters in edited collections on congressional elections, media framing techniques, and public trust in government.  He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research in Political Science (Cambria Press, 2012).

Mentor Biography

Julie Rivera is the Assistant Director of ALANA Services under the Division of Student Development. In this role, she oversees the ALANA orgs (such as African Student Association, Asian Cultural Alliance, etc.) and provides assistance with programming their campus wide events that celebrates various cultural heritage months. Julie has both her Masters and Bachelors in Social Work from UMBC and UMB, and has done social justice work throughout her collegiate experience. Julie loves to run, read and relax during her free time!

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