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American Literature and Business Culture
ENGL 197 - Spring 2002,  Christopher Newfield

The "business of America is business," Calvin Coolidge supposedly said, but whether he said it or not, the saying reflects the fact that the United States has one of the most business-oriented cultures in the world. How has US literary culture responded to this? Does literary culture have a vision of US life that offers an alternative to business culture? What can English majors do with their literary and culture knowledge in the business world? How are new management concepts changing the American workplace and American society?


Christopher Newfield

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Required Texts

Coupland, Douglas. Shampoo Planet (Simon & Schuster-Pocket) 0671755064
Ferguson, Charles. High Stakes, No Prisoners. (Times Books, 1999). ISBN 0-8-12931432
Lewis, Michael. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story (Norton, 2000) 0-393-04813-6
Nelson, Jill. Voluntary Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience(Penguin, 1994) 014023716X
Berners-Lee, Tim. Weaving the Web (Harperbusiness; ISBN: 006251587X
Bronson, Po. The First Twenty Million is Always the Hardest (Random House) Avon; ISBN: 038073155X
Komisar, Randy. The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (Harvard Business School Press, 2000). 1-57851-140-2
Lessard, Bill and Steve Baldwin. Net Slaves: True Tales of Working the Web (McGraw Hill) 0-07-135243-0

20% Class Attendance and Participation
20% Reading Journal
20% Mid-term Project: Business Interview
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