Fall 2008

The American Dream

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-11


Carol C. Clark (Section 01)
Robert T. Hayashi (Section 03)
Kevin M. Sweeney (Section 02)


More than any other nation, the United States has envisioned itself as a landscape of pure possibility. From the 17th century to the present, an ever-shifting “American Dream” has been the repository of Americans’ longing for a new kind of personal and national life. In this class we will consider how Americans have imagined their dream in terms of everything from political freedom to home ownership. This class introduces students to American Studies by focusing on whole books, with attention also given to paintings, photographs and film. Books will include The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and The Human Stain. Fall semester. Professor Clark. Professor Havashi. Professor Sweeney.