Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AMST 4305 - [The Postmodern Presidency: Election 2012]

(also GOVT 4051 ) (CA-AS)
Spring. 4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015. Permission of instructor required.

D. Rubenstein.

One of the significant features of the postmodern presidency is the slippage between presidential fact and presidential fiction. In the wake of the 2012 election, we will examine both the critical literature which address this phenomenon as well as works of contemporary fiction, television and cinema that imagine the lives of presidents, first ladies and significant events such as Watergate and the Kennedy Assassination. What is the relation between presidential fact and fiction? What are its implications for democratic practice? Is the “reality” or “truth” of contemporary American presidential politics better served in a fictional mode? (GP)

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