Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 pm -3:20 pm

Dr. Tracy Teslow

This course examines the social construction of American identity in the United States through a study of sculpture, painting, photography, and emblematic imagery in their social, cultural, political, and scientific contexts. The Statue of Liberty,  memorial sculpture, Depression-era photography,  and a variety of other art and imagery provide evidence of what it has meant to artists and Americans to be a citizen.

We will address the problem of defining American citizenship,  paying special attention to how citizenship has been understood not only in terms of American ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity, but particularly in terms of race, gender, and power.