Back to the beginning
If you look at the course information page you’ll note that in the course description there are several terms in boldface. For the purposes of the midterm, two in particular stand out: myths and the geographical imaginary. (In addition to the key concepts we’ve discussed repeatedly in class.) One of the theoretical or conceptual foundations of our study of America/ the Americas (which is it?) is this basic category of geography, a category that becomes increasingly complicated as it relates to culture, race, and national identity. Our “problematic”– the area of inquiry– is thus material and ideological, combining historical forces and the terrain itself.