Course Name: Critiquing Contemporary U.S. Culture via Vonnegut
Instructor: Gary Deaton
This section will utilize the work of the inimitable Kurt Vonnegut as a particular lens through which to examine American culture. We will read several of Vonnegut’s novels (e.g., Galapagos) and some of his short fiction (e.g., “Harrison Bergeron”). Class discussion will focus on the themes Vonnegut introduces. Student projects will be centered on analyses of areas of concern about U.S. culture and methods for addressing those issues. To be clear, student research in this class will NOT be about Vonnegut, but rather will use Vonnegut’s notions of critical thinking and analysis to critique a problem the student perceives with contemporary America.