MABM202 The American Dream as a Socio-cultural Phenomenon



* 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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American and British Studies. Comparative Approaches.


Prof. Albena Bakratcheva, DSc

Course Description:


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.

Студентите да имат знания и/или умения:

• English language proficiency.

• Background in American literature and culture.

• Literary theory equipment.

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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.


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