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ENG 155e: Topics in Literary Studies: Literature of California    Professor Alvarez

The author Wallace Stegner remarked, "California is America, only more so." Utopian Eden or dystopian nightmare, the state is often envisioned as our future. Focusing on how California is imagined historically, politically, and culturally through literature and other art forms, this course covers an array of topics--including environmentalism, immigration, and the culture industry--structured around California as a contested future and space. As readers and writers in this course, we will be critical dreamers of California's Golden Dream.