MABM202 Американската мечта като социокултурен феномен



* Lectures – 20 hours

* Workshops – 8 hours (these workshops are so designed as to provoke active student participation; they are based on individual work on tasks given previously, paper presentation on such a topic and/or debating during the seminars);

* End-term course review – 2 hours.

Grade is based on students’ participation in class throughout the semester and final exam.


* to give the students knowledge, awareness and guidelines of thinking concerning

such a crucial American socio-cultural phenomenon;

* to provoke students’ critical and creative thinking in the area of socio-cultural phenomena in general;

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Американистика и британистика. Сравнителни изследвания (на английски език)


проф. Албена Бакрачева  д.н.

Описание на курса:


Успешно завършилите курса студенти:

1) знаят:

* have good knowledge of this emblematical US socio-cultural phenomenon;

* have developed flexible ways of critical thinking.

2) могат:

* flexible critical thinking in the field of American Studies.

Предварителни изисквания:
Студентите да имат знания и/или умения:

• English language proficiency.

• Background in American literature and culture.

• Literary theory equipment.

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

1 The American sense of exceptionalism and the American dream.

2 Europe’s culture and the American dream.

3 Rationalism and the American dream

4 The Romantic metamorphoses of the American dream

5 The Gold Rush and the American dream

6 The American dream, “An American Tragedy”, “The un-Americans” and “An American dream

7 The Road and the American dream

8 The American dream and the changes in its modern protagonist

9 The American dream and “The Conquering of America. The Issue of the Other

10 The American dream and “The Machine in the Garden”

11 The American dream from Franklin to nowadays: American and European viewpoints

Литература по темите:

Matthiessen, F.O. American Renaissance. NY:Oxford Univ. Press, 1941.

Miller, Perry. The Life of the Mind in America. NY:Harcourt, 1965.

Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden. Boston, 1968.

Buell, Lawrence. Literary Transcendentalism. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca and London. 1973.

Buell, Lawrence. New England Literary Culture: From Revolution through Renaissance. NY. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the Olive Tree, NY, Anchor Books, 2000.

Тодоров, Цветан. Завладяването на Америка. Въпросът за другия. С., 1992.

Средства за оценяване:

Участие в семинали