What role has visual culture played in circulating ideas about American identity and power relations?

1. Reflecting on your American Identity Show and Tell and the course as a whole, what role has visual culture played in circulating ideas about American identity and power relations? Explain how individuals and/or groups have defined and critiqued what it means to be an American through visual imagery (comics, films, paintings, ads, photographs, etc.). Your answer should be ~800 Words. As you write your response please describe, explain, and analyze at least two specific examples of visual imagery from 2 different course texts. One text must come from the second half of the semester. More specific questions to guide your response: What concepts/themes about American identity can be identified in your selected images? What do they communicate about the American experience? What similarities and differences can you identify in these depictions? What accounts for these similarities and differences? Concepts/themes to consider: race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, physical ability/disability, family, religion, nationalism, etc.

2. If you had to re-write your American Identity Show and Tell, using course texts to make sense of your own experiences, which texts would you use and why? You should not re-write the first assignment. Instead, you should write an assessment of your work, using the below questions to guide you. In the process, be as specific as possible. You must refer to at least three different course texts (readings, films/clips, guest speakers). At least one reading must come from the second half of the semester. Look to the syllabus for assignment readings/viewings. Your answer should be ~800 Words. What are the texts you would use to re-write your first assignment? Why? What are the texts’ main themes/arguments? How are the selected texts relevant to your understanding of your identity? The experiences of others? How did the texts encourage you to think differently about the American experience?

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