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Fall 2020 LIT 280 Literature, film, and Art of American Politics

Literature, film, and Art of American Politics
Professor David Blake
Course Meetings: Monday/Thursday Section -01 @ 3:30-4:50pm Section -02 @ 12:30-1:50pm

How have writers and filmmakers been inspired by American politics?  What have leaders learned from creative depictions of democracy?  What are the political differences between a protest novel, a White House satire, and a Hollywood conspiracy theory?  Class discussions will focus on a series of questions about representation and public opinion, citizenship, race, and rights, campaigns and celebrity, and the creation of ‘enemies.’ Plus lots of conversation about the framing and presentation of the 2020 presidential election.


Satisfies the Liberal Learning requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and is an elective in the English major and U.S. Studies minor.