Prikazi američke politike u književnosti i vizualnim medijima
Organizacijska jedinica
Odsjek za anglistiku
ECTS bodovi
Semestri izvođenja

American political system has been a medium of democratic governance of one of the most powerful countries in the world for more than two centuries. During that time segments of the democratic system have changed in scope and function allowing us to consider the direction and implications of those changes. Different elements of the system must be considered in order to give a more comprehensive picture of the impact and role of democratic processes: the party system, checks-and-balances, institution of the presidency, separation of powers (the legislative branch, the judiciary, the executive branch), the role of the Constitution, the role of the media, mechanisms of political campaigning from local to state to federal level, democratic participation, etc. These processes will be placed in a cultural context primarily with respect to their representations in fiction and visual media, particularly in the late modern period of American politics (from the second half of the 20th century), while the focus of the course will be on popular and media-generated images related to different facets of American political system.
  1. American political system in a historical perspective. Cultural aspects of American political system. (The Federalist Papers: selection; Arendt: On Revolution; Tocqueville’s tradition).
  2. Genre of the political novel. (Scheingold: selection). Politics as profession; politician as a social type (Max Weber: political writings). Politician as an all-American hero; danger and appeal of populism: R. Penn Warren, All the King’s Men (novel)
  3. Comparison of the novel and the film: All the King’s Men (two adaptations, Rossen and/or Zaillian)
  4. Politician as an all-American hero: Becker, City Hall
  5. The Cold War paranoia: Frankenheimer, The Manchurian Candidate. Demme’s 2004 re-make.
  6. The Cold War paranoia: Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck
  7. The War on Terror, before and now: Nichols, Charlie Wilson’s War; Greengrass: Green Zone; Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City (non-fiction)
  8. Midterm test.
  9. The presidential mystique and (un)reality: presidential bio pics (Stone: Nixon).
  10. The presidential mystique and (un)reality: presidential bio pics (Stone: W).
  11. The Fourth Estate: politics and the media: Pakula, All the President’s Men.
  12. The Fourth Estate: politics and the media: Spielberg: The Post.
  13. Infotainment and digital media: the interface of politics and popular culture as a boost to democratic participation (Stewart, Leno, Chapelle, Colbert, Oliver, Noah, etc.)
  14. New directions in American politics: Clooney, Ides of March; Trump presidency
  15. Final test. Course evaluation.

Ishodi učenja
  1. Studenti će moći analizirati razne vizualne i verbalne artefakte iz američke kulture.
  2. Studenti će biti u stanju smjestiti pojedine artefakte u kontekst novije povijesti američkog političkog sustava.
  3. Studenti će biti upoznati s ključnim elementima američkoga političkoga sustava.
  4. Studenti će usvojiti metode analize verbalnih i vizualnih artefakata.
  5. Studenti će biti u stanju samostalno primijeniti generičke vještine (istraživanje znanstvene literature, pisanje radova, izlaganje teme).
Metode podučavanja
Čitaje analiza tekstova metodama kritičke teorije, teorije književnosti, kulturalnih studija i američkih studija. Studenti samostalno primjenjuju stečene generičke vještine (istraživanje znanstvene literature, pisanje radova, izlaganje i prezentacija).
Metode ocjenjivanja
Kontinuirana evaluacija (1. i 2. kolokvij); seminarski rad; usmeno izlaganje; pismene zadaće.

Obavezna literatura
  1. Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution. New York: Penguin, 1963. (selection)
  2. Banita, Georgiana and Sascha Pohlmann, ed. Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2015. (selection)
  3. Coyne, Michael. Hollywood Goes to Washington: American Politics on Screen. London: Reaktion Books, 2008. (selection)
  4. Delogu, Jon C. Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2014.
  5. Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist Papers. Ed. Cliton Rossiter. New York: The New American Library, 1961.
  6. Mausbach, Wilfried, Dietmar Schloss, and Marting Thunert, ed. The American Presidency: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter, 2012. (selection)
  7. Scheingold, Stuart. The Political Novel: Re-imagining the Twentieth Century. New York and London: Continuum, 2010. (selection)
  8. Weber, Max. Vlast i politika. Prir. Vjeran Katunarić. Zagreb: Jesenski i Turk, 2013. (selection)
Dopunska literatura
  1. Foy, Joseph, ed. Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture. Lexington: The UP of Kentucky, 2008.
  2. Hofstadter, Richard. 1948. The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
  3. Howe, Irving. Politics and the Novel. New York: Fawcett Premier, 1967.
  4. Jones, Charles O. The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.
  5. Maisel, Sandy L. American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.
  6. Nelson, Dana. Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010.
  7. Shaw, Tony. Hollywood’s Cold War. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2007.

Izborni predmet na studijima
  1. Anglistika, sveučilišni diplomski jednopredmetni studij
  2. Anglistika, sveučilišni diplomski jednopredmetni studij
  3. Anglistika, sveučilišni diplomski dvopredmetni studij