AMST 201: Introduction to American Studies at the University of Richmond is analyzing "objects" through the critical lens of the field. Drawing on the method popularized by Raymond Williams, participants are close reading objects using keywords from Keywords for American Cultural Studies. This site serves as a collaborative repository of American Studies analysis. Questions should be directed to Dr. Lauren Tilton. 

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