ENAM 482D: American Studies
and the New Technologies
Spring 2000


Alan B. Howard
427 Bryan Hall
924-6644 or abh9h@virginia.edu 

syllabus version 1.0; last update 1/07/00.

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Calendar of Meetings
(Bryan Hall 425; 8:00-10:00)

1/17:Organization and Introduction

1/24: Getting Started:

You were asked to read through HTML for Dummies over the holidays; today's session assumes you've done this and will be rapid review and trouble shooting. Bring your questions and problems; be prepared to ask "dumb," i.e., genuine questions.

One way to prepare for this class might be to go to the HTML TUTOR which was prepared by AS@UVA students or any one of the other HTML tutorials linked from the Resource Guide to see if what they say sounds familiar.

Prior to class, you should also have created a public_html account, and installed and personalized the template.

For Next Week:
  • add three subordinate pages to your homepage, a resume page, a projects page, and a resources page; link them to your main page. Begin fleshing out the resources page by adding links in three categories: 1) web-building resources; 2) links to general resources in your field; 3) links to resources specific to an area of interest within that field.
  • download your chapters from William James's The Varieties of Religious experience to a disk , convert them to html, ftp them to your unix account and link them to your projects page.

    Protocol: 85% table, centered; font=Times New Roman 14; chapter heading H3, centered; BACK | FORWARD bar at bottom of each chapter, linked to preceding and following chapters; footnotes at bottom of each chapter, connected with internal links (ch0x.html#footnotenumber) that work both forward and backwards.
  • ITC Instructional Toolkit
  • AS@UVA Toolkit
    • Note: The HTML Tutorial is a local project.   Web Authoring Resources offers alternative tutorials, FAQs and help sheets.
  • Using HTML 4 (ASLAB)
  • Ralph Barton Perry, The Thought of William James.
  • Doris Olin, ed., William James: Pragmatism in Focus.
  • Denise Lardner Carmody, The Republic of Many Mansions: Foundations of American Religious Thought.

1/31: Scanning Text using OmniPage.

For Next Week: sign up on the list posted on my office door (Bryan 427) to scan and tag Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday: an Informal History of the 1920s.

I've placed a working copy of the text in the Electronic Text Center; sign up for scanning as soon as possible.

Protocol: 85% table, centered; font=Times New Roman 14; chapter heading H3, centered; BACK | FORWARD bar at bottom of each chapter, linked to preceding and following chapters; file names: ch01.html, ch02.html, etc.

2/7: Photoshop

We are going to create an exhibition on The Saturday Evening Post during the Depression, a gallery of images drawn from the cover art of that magazine. Sign up for a year on the sheet on my office door; select five (5) images to scan in the electronic text center( we will discuss criteria for selection in class).

Protocol: optimize color and contrast; repair where necessary, size to fit an 800 x 600 screen, link each image to an html document with a white background; center image in a 90% table with two cells, the top to hold the image, bottom to hold a caption listing 1- artist, 2- title, 3- date of the publication; create thumbnail 100 pixels high; ftp the works to your unix account and use the thumbnail to link from your homepage.

  • Amy Janello and Brennan Jones, The American Magazine.
  • George W. Leech, Magazine Illustrations: The Art Editor's Point of View.
  • Frank Luther Mott, A History of American Magazines, Vols. I-V.
  • Walt and Roger Reed, The Illustrator in America: 1880-1980.
2/14: Introduction to HomeSite
  • For Next Week:
    Practice on HomeSite in ASLAB.

2/21: Audio Digitization

NOTE:We will meet in the Multimedia Center on the third floor in Clemons; we are scheduled for 9-10 for the first group, 1-2 for the second. Mike Tuite, Director of the Center, thinks he can cover the basics of both audio and video in an hour and then back you up individually as you work on your tasks.

For Next Week: We are going to create a selection of popular songs from the 1930s (ca. 1928-1942) and connect them to a new AS@UVA service called An American Juke Box. You should select one group of songs from the list on my door and digitize these for broadcast as RealAudio; tapes will be available in the Multimedia Center.


  • Arthur L. Iger, Music of the Golden Age: 1900-1950.
  • Michael Campbell, And the Beat Goes On: Popular Music in America 1840 to Today.
  • Allen Forte, The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era: 1924-1950.
  • David Lee Joyner, American Popular Music.
  • Charles Hamm, Yesterdays: Popular Song in America.
  • Marian Klamkin, Old Sheet Music: A Pictorial History.
  • James T. Maher, American Popular Song: the Great Innovators, 1900-1950.
  • Simon Says: The Sights and Sounds of the Swing Era.
  • David Ewan, Great Men of American Popular Song.

2/28: RealVideo

NOTE:No Class Meeting; continue practicing on audio and video.

For Next Week: We are going to create a display of film clips from musical comedies in the 1930s; select a film from the list on my office door; check it out from Clemons; select a scene (or scenes) that you find somehow significant or interesting; digitize this selection for RealVideo. Capture a single frame for use as a thumbnail. Again, we should discuss what we mean by "significance:" as I've thought about this, I think that focusing on "the spectacular" in these films, the big budget song and dance production numbers probably makes the most sense.

Protocols: optimize for download speed and image clarity; limit length to roughly two minutes. Provide a short paragraph explaining the significance of the scene; mount the thumbnail in an html page linking to the .ra file.

  • Colin Larkin, ed., The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals.
  • Martin Rubin, Showstoppers: Busby Berkeley and the Tradition of the Spectacle.
  • Jane Feur, The Hollywood Musical.
  • George Feltenstein and Rennie Johnson, The busby Berkeley Disk.
  • Robert Lawson Peeble, ed., Approaches to the American Musical Comedy.
  • Richard Barrios, A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film.
  • Richard Fehr, Lullabies of Hollywood: Movie Music and the Movie Musical, 1915-1992.
  • The Syncopated City: New York in Musical Film

3/6: Designing for the Web:

  • Yale Style Manual
  • Useful WWW Sites on Hypertext
  • Peter Muller, Writing Hypertext Books
    SPRING BREAK: 3/11-3/20

    3/20: Project Proposals:

    Protocols: single page narrative including 1) project title; 2) a compact, one paragraph description of the project; 3) a draft site map or storyboard; 4) bibliography of resources; 5) short description of technological requirements for the project; 6) project timeline.

    3/27: Workshop I

    4/3: No formal class meeting

    4/10: No formal class meeting

    4/17: Workshop II: Draft Presentations

    4/24: Workshop III: Draft Presentations

    5/1: Workshop IV: Draft Presentations

    NOTE: Classes end 5/2

    5/5-5/12: Examinations: there is no examination in this course.

    5/10: Final Projects due


    Projects should be installed in ~CLASS/UG00/yourname; after installation, check to be sure everything works in its new home.