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The Road in American Culture - Degree Course

This course explores the meaning of the road in the American imaginary. Focusing on film, photography, painting, advertising and literature, the class examines the importance of landscape, belief in individuality and mobility and the fetishization of the automobile. Other topics include how these art forms serve as a barometer for shifting ideologies: freedom vs. restrictions, escalating violence and consumerism. Works and artists include Kerouac's On the Road, Easy Rider, Thelma and Louise, Ed Ruscha and Lee Friedlander.

3.0 College Credits

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Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Building and room ONLINE
Course number 1174
Course instructor Patricia Erens