Module Details

CS461-6-FY-CO: American Studies (United States) Final Year Seminar

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Centre
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Owen Robinson
Teaching Staff: Dr Owen Robinson
Contact details: Dr Owen Robinson, Dept of LiFTS , tel 872617, email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The U.S South has always been a region in the process of constructing itself and being constructed by others, and has produced a rich cultural output that has variously imagined it as a place of great contrast with other areas of the United States and the Americas more generally. This module will consider the South and its representation through autobiography, letters, speeches, short stories, poetry, drama, novels, folktales, music, film, and cultural theory.

The module will examine the processes of self-fashioning involved in Southern culture, as well as various ways in which such models are problematised: for instance, through African-American, poor-white and Asian-American perspectives, through aberrant places within the South such as New Orleans, and through recent critical moves to consider the region in wider hemispheric and transatlantic terms, away from strictly U.S-oriented identities. A variety of historical, political, and theoretical perspectives will be applied to material studied. Though the focus will be on the South, wider issues of regional identity in the Americas will be considered, and students will be encouraged to interrogate what is meant by uses of terms like 'American,' 'South,' and 'North.'

Learning and Teaching Methods

2 hour seminar each week.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Two 3000-word essays equally weighted.

Other details

Three hour exam

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory module for final year US Studies students


  • Available from the CISH Office, Room 6.130. Information is also available on the Course Material Repository.

Further information