4/21/2022 Doctorate Exam Questions
American Studies Portion (90min.):
Considering your readings from 501/502, as well as your reading list, briefly describe the evolution of American Studies since its inception and delineate what you consider the be the most urgent task of the field today. Conclude by demonstrating how your work takes up that task, and in what ways you see your work advancing the field.
Supporting Field Portion — Literature (2 hrs.):
Using the literary works of two prominent authors of your choice, discuss how literature can be analyzed as a cultural source. In other words, how can the themes and methodologies of American studies or critical theory illuminate meaning in literature?