HS Home Front USA: American Culture and Society in Times of War



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Do 12:15-13:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Zugehörigkeit zu den Modulen:

BA English and American Studies (neu): Hauptmodul A oder B. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien (neu): Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature)

MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (4) Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (7) Vertiefungsmodul Cultural Studies

MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (5) Aufbaumodul Literary Studies (8) Vertiefungsmodul Literary Studies

MA The Americas/Las Américas: Modul 4


World War II has produced some of the most memorable images of the US home front: Propaganda films, colorful posters, and icons
like Rosie the Riveter were designed to mobilize US-American citizens (and especially women) to support the war effort. In this seminar,
we take these visual economies and dominant narratives of the US home front as a starting point to examine how the "home front" has
been constituted, imagined, and criticized throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Analyzing historical documents, literary writings,
and a broad variety of cultural texts, we will examine propaganda material as well as critical perspectives on US-American warfare.
A particular emphasis is placed on the most recent cultural reconfiguration of the home front of the so-called New Wars, e.g. in TV shows
like |Homeland| or |The Unit|, in films like |The Messenger|, |American Sniper|, or |Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk|, in fictional texts by
Siobhan Fallon, Phil Klay, Jehanne Dubrow, and others, or in popular music of different genres.
How do these representations negotiate notions of Americanness and citizenship? How do cultural texts interpellate and imagine specific groups
involved in and affected by US warfare (soldiers and veterans, families, immigrants, ethnic communities, etc.)? And, how do they approach
militarism and warfare from different ideological standpoints?

Please note: This seminar includes a two-day workshop on "American Home Front(s) after 1945" at the Bavarian American Academy in Munich (July 20-21, 2019),
which is organized by FAU's American Studies department in cooperation with LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg. It will feature student
presentations as well as keynote lectures by renowned experts in the field. Participation in this event is obligatory.

Empfohlene Literatur

All readings will be available via StudOn.