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Course description[edit]

Europeans didn’t “discover” America, nor did they tame a “wilderness.” Instead, they travelled through Native American spaces that were historically rich and culturally diverse—and often had clearly defined political borders. But how was this reflected in early American travel writings? How did native and non-native writers reflect on what it meant to move and be moved? And how did travel writing reflect on—and shape—the relations between American Indian nations and the United States?

This course studies early American travel literature from roughly 1600 to 1850. It explores how travel literature of the colonial and early national US period underscore how the United States and the Native New World were shaped through moments of mutual exchange, misunderstandings, and shifting power dynamics. Rather than accepting the United States as a “given” outcome of colonial contact, we will focus on the way Indian nations and the US were shaped by deep understanding of and engagement with the other.

We will adopt a broad understanding of “literature” that includes travel narratives, ethnographies, magazines, autobiography, poems, novels, and visual art. As we read these texts, we will consider the nature of “encounter” at various historical moments. Alternately denoting cooperation, violent confrontation, and conquest, these encounters shaped a culture in which constantly changing relations between American Indians and Europeans marked the open-ended nature of colonial claims and national boundaries.

American Culture 204 is intended for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who want to strengthen their skills in analytical reading and writing in the humanities, and gain a deeper understanding of key issues and approaches in American Studies and related fields. It is designed for students who have little or no background in American Studies and will prepare students for more advanced American Culture courses. The course materials will be relevant to those who want to deepen their understanding of how the circulation of printed texts was bound up with colonization, the creation and challenging of notions of race, and the invention and consolidation of national identities.



Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Instructor
Frank Kelderman (User:FrankPKelderman)
Campus Ambassadors
User:dmalicke User:ChemLibrarian
Online Ambassadors
AndrewN talk


Timeline[edit]

05/02/2012–05/23/2012 Write your three- to four-page analysis of one of the primary texts we have discussed in class.

05/23/2012 Wikipedia Campus Ambassador will introduce how to create and edit a Wikipedia page in the class. Please bring your computer so you can follow along.

Presentation on Editing

06/01/2012 Each student will turn in the “sandbox” version of their article.

06/18/2012 Publish your Wikipedia pages.

Articles[edit]

This table will list each the articles that the students will be working on. Please sign your username (3~) next to your topic. And create the link to the Sandbox to draft your article in the Sandbox secion. If a page already exist in Wikipedia on the topic you are working on, please post a link in the Current page column. Otherwise, write N/A there.

Topic Current page Sandbox Students Published page
Example: Test1 N/A Sandbox for Test1 ChemLibrarian (talk) Enter Name of Published Page
New Voyages to North America N/A Sandbox for New Voyages to North America User:cpgrant [New Voyages to North America]
"La Vie de B. Catherine Tekakwitha" Kateri Tekakwitha Sandbox for La Vie de B. Catherine Tekakwitha User:Dlauer480 Enter Name of Published Page
Ouabi; Or the Virtues of Nature: An Indian Tale in Four Cantos N/A Sandbox for Ouabi; Or the Virtues of Nature: An Indian Tale in Four Cantos User:andrew.wehner [Ouabi; Or the Virtues of Nature: An Indian Tale in Four Cantos]
Narrative of an Expedition to the St. Peter's River N/A /Sandbox_Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of the St. Peter's River User:Clairecramton [Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of the St. Peter's River]
Sketches of a Tour to the Lakes N/A Sketches of a Tour to the Lakes User:Ajanny30 [Sketches of a Tour to the Lakes]
Traits of the Aborigines (Poem) N/A Traits of the Aborigines (Poem) User:Tjscot114 [Traits of the Aborigines]
Letters and Notes on the Customs and Manners of the North American Indians N/A Letters and Notes on the Customs and Manners of the North American Indians User:Mennucci [Letters and Notes on the Customs and Manners of the North American Indians]
The Discovery, Purchase, and Settlement, of Kentucke N/A The Discovery, Purchase, and Settlement, of Kentucke User:Duskil [The Discovery, Purchase, and Settlement of Kentucke]
Lydia Maria Child, "Hobomok" N/A Lydia Maria Child, "Hobomok" User:Matejohn Enter Name of Published Page
Tour of the Prairies N/A Tour of the Praires User:Nne22 [Tour of the Prairies]
"Life, History, and Travels of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bow" N/A lifelettersspeechesKahgegagahbowh User: Jathiajjl Enter Name of Published Page
Test N/A Test FrankPKelderman Enter Name of Published Page
John Rollin Ridge, "The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murrieta" N/A Sandbox for John Rollin Ridge, "The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murrieta" User:Thegoldenbluej [John Rollin Ridge, "The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murrieta"]
Example: MoveTest N/A Sandbox for Move Testing dmalicke (talk) Enter Name of Published Page



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Grading[edit]

Students will be asked to “adopt” a text and start a Wikipedia page about it, giving historical context, relevant biographical information, an overview of the contents and themes, and an overview of relevant peer-reviewed secondary sources and helpful links. This assignment counts for 20% of your final grade. Your Wikipedia article contributions will be graded as follows:

1. Content: A minimum of 3 well-developed sections must be added to the site, including an introductory paragraph aimed at the general public. I will evaluate the quantity and quality of these sections. (40 pts)

2. Illustration: A minimum of 1 appropriate illustration must be added to the site, for example: a title page, illustration from the text, author portrait, or other. The caption must give precise and correct information and be properly attributed. (10 pts)

3. References: I will evaluate the quality and usefulness of your references. Note that references should come from all sources, including printed books, primary literature, journal articles, etc. (25 pts)

4. Style: Your page should be written in clear, objective, and attractive prose. Sentence length and word choice should be appropriate for the genre. (25 pts)

Students[edit]

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