ENGL 35400 Finding Home: Space, Place, and Identity in American Literature

GE-Human Culture: Literature Where did you learn who you are? Are you the same person at school, at home, or at a party with friends? How does where you are change who you are? In this course, we will look at the relationship between space and identity to see how characters in American novels define themselves (and are defined by others) according to the spaces where they live, work, and play. As we examine literary characters’ attachments to particular spaces, we will figure out how they find and define where they belong. We will also explore different historical moments when gender, race, class, or ethnicity determined who belonged in the space we have come to call “America.”




ENGL 17000 with a C or better.