Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Shelley Lee

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 105
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Courses in Comparative American Studies

Courses in Comparative American Studies

FALL 2017

CAST 100 - Introduction to Comparative American Studies
CRN 5435 / MWF 9:00-9:50
The course will introduce students to the complexity of American social and cultural formations, with particular emphases on sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and to various methodologies of comparative analysis. Instructor: Staff

CAST 200 – Theories and Methods in American Studies
CRN 12276 / TR 1:30-2:45
This course introduces students to both historical developments and current theories and methodologies in the field of American Studies. It also establishes shared keywords, theoretical principles and methodological approaches for the major. This formal introduction to theories and methods will prepare students for the diverse range of approaches they will meet later in both the core and cross-listed courses approved for the CAS major. Instructor: G. Pérez

CAST 211 – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Identities
CRN 12275 / MWF 1:30-2:20
This course examines the production of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities in the United States as they intersect with important social markers such as race, class, gender, and nation. Situating specific case studies in historical, social, and comparative context, we explore issues such as the intersection of racial and sexual sciences, processes of community formation, the politics of embodiment, social justice movements and queer cultural productions. Instructor: E. Heiliger

CAST 217 – Feminist Science Studies
CRN 12277 / MW 3:00-4:20
This course investigates the scientific production of race, gender, and sexuality, particularly in the biosciences. We will consider such questions as: What is objectivity and why does it matter to scientific research? How do cultural assumptions about race, gender, sexuality, and ‘the body’ shape scientific knowledge production in different historical periods. Sources include theories and critiques of science, historical and contemporary science publications, and the Science section of the NY Times. Instructor: E. Heiliger

CAST 243 – Promise and Peril: Race and Multicultural America
CRN 12998 / MWF 2:30-3:20
This course investigates the intellectual history of race in American literature and culture. It asks students to consider the stakes in constructing racial difference, that is, the political, ideological, economic, and cultural contexts within which discourses of race circulate. It will look at a variety of textual forms, including short and long fiction, poetry and verse, memoir, natural history, and legal documents. The course requires us to take a long view on race?how its lifespan precedes and exceeds any one of us?a discussion that is crucial, if indirect, for addressing the issues we face today. American, Diversity, Post-1900. section titled, ‘200-Level Courses.’ This course is cross-listed with ENGL 243. Instructor: H. Suarez

CAST 260 – Asian American History
CRN 13436 / TR 3:00-4:15
This course is an introduction to the history of peoples of Asian ancestry in the United States and the construction of an Asian American collectivity. Major themes will include the place of Asian Americans in the American imagination, migrations, labor, communities, and responses to social and legal discrimination. The categories of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality will figure prominently as we explore similarities and differences among Asian American experiences. Instructor: S. Lee

Spring 2018

Coming soon.