last updated Texts:
Introduction to American Studies
- Thomas Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree.
- Neil Howe and Bill Strauss, 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Fail?
- Greill Marcus, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n'roll.
- Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
- Neil Postman, Technopoly.
- Wendy Griswold, Cultures and Societies in a Changing World.
- Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
Calendar of Meetings
8/30:Organization and Introduction
- Begin working on HTML
- Williams, Keywords
- Capitalism, Community, Culture, Democracy, Equality, Ethnic, Family,
History, Ideology, Nature, Race, Representative, Society.
9/04: Summer Reading I
Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree
Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycyle Maintenance
9/11: Summer Reading II
Howe and Strauss, 13th Gen
Marcus, Mystery Train
Griswold, Cultures and Societies
9/18: Classic Paradigms I: Cultural Maps and Master Narratives
- Hans Holbein the Younger, Map
of the World (1515)
- William Bradford, from Of
- Captain John Smith,
from The History
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The
Maypole of Merrymountand Roger
- Cotton Mather, Book
I and Nehemius
Americana from Magnalia Christi Americana.
- Ben Franklin, from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,pp.5-29, 81-92 and Poor
Richard Improved, 1758pp. 1295-1304.
- Thomas Jefferson, Draft
of The Declaration of Independence.andQuery 4
andQuery 19, from Notes
on the State of Virginia.
- James Madison, The Federalist #10 and #51
- Sacvan Bercovitch, The Puritan Origins of the American Self.
- Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Colonial Experience.
- Michael Kammen, People of Paradox.
- Perry Miller, Errand into the Wilderness.
- Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted.
- David Potter, People of Plenty.
9/25: Classic Paradigms II: The Middle Ground: Early National Period to
- George Washington, Farewell
- Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur,Letter III: What is an American?, and Letter IX: Description of Charlestownfrom Letters from
an American Farmer.
- Washington Irving, Rip
- Alexis deTocqueville,
Volume I: Origin of the Anglo-Americans, and the Importance of this Origin in Relation to their Future Condition, Social Condition of the Anglo-Americans, The Necessity of Examining the Condition of the States Before that of the Union at Large, How it can be Strictly Said That the People Govern in The United States, What are the Advantages which American Society Derives from a Democratic Government?, Unlimited Power of the Majority in The United States, and its Consequences, The Present and Probably Future Condition of the Three Races that Inhabit the Territory of The United States.
Volume II, Part I, The Influence of Democracy on
the Action of Intellect in The United States: Philosophical Method of
The Americans, Of the Principal Source of Belief Among Democratic Nations, Why the Americans Show More General Aptitude and Taste for General Ideas
that their Forefathers, The English, Why the Americans have never been
so Eager as the French for General Ideas in Political Affairs, How Equality
Suggests to the Americans the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man, In What
Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts, Literary Characteristics of Democratic
Times, How American Democracy has Modified the English Language.
II: The Influence of Democracy on the Sentiments of Americans: Of Individualism in Democratic Countries, Of the Uses which the Americans Make of Public Associations, That the Americans Apply the Principle of Self-interest Rightly Understood to Religions Matters, How Excessive Care for Worldly Welfare may Impair that Welfare, What
Causes Almost All Americans to Follow an Industrial Calling, How an Aristocracy
may be Created by Manufacures, How Democracy Renders the Social Intercourse of the Americans Free and Easy, How Democracy Affects the Relations of Masters and Servants, Influence of Democracy on the Family, Education of Young Women in The United States, How the Aspect of Society in The United States is at once Excited and Monotonous. from Democracy
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The
- Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address.
- Walt Whitman, selections from Democratic
- Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History.
- Andrew Carnegie, from The
Gospel of Wealth
- Thorstein Veblen, Industrial Exemption and Conservatism,from The
Theory of the Leisure Class
- Henry Adams,Chicagoand The Dynamo and the Virgin,from The
Education of Henry Adams.
10/02: Classic Paradigms III: The American Studies Movement
- George Santayana, Materialism and Idealism in American Life,from Character and
Opinion in the United States.
- Constance Rourke, Corn
Cobs Twist Your Hairand The
Gamecock in the Wildernessfrom Native American Humor.
- John Crowe Ransome, A
Statement of Principlesfrom I'll Take My Stand
- Reinhold Neibuhr, Where
Have We Been? Where Are We Going?fromIrony in American History.
- Henry Nash Smith, The Agricultural West in Literaturefrom Virgin
Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth.
- Leo Marx,Sleepy Hollow, 1844 from The Machine in the Garden.
- Henry Nash Smith, Can
American Studies Develop a Method.
- Leo Marx, American
Studies: A Defense of an Unscientific Method.
10/09: From American Studies to American(?) Cultural(?) Studies(?)
- Generational Conflict:
- Searching for a New Synthesis:
- Laurence Buell, Are We Post American Studies?
- Jay Mechling, An
American Culture Grid, With Texts.
- Clifford Geertz, Thick Description.
- Roland Barthes, Wrestling
- Jane Caputi, IBM's Charlie Chaplin: A Case Study
- Robert Darnton, Workers
Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin.
- McCrea Adams, Advertising
Characters: The Pantheon of Consumerism
- Gary Engle, What Makes Superman So Darned American?
- bell hooks, Madonna:
Plantation Mistress or Soul Sister?
- Roland Marchand, Visions
of Classlessness, Quests for Dominion: American Popular Culture, 1945-1960.
- Michael Parenti, Class
- Andrew Wernick, Vehicles
for Myth: The Shifting Image of the Modern Car.
10/16: American Studies/Regional Studies: Professor Ed Ayers
- Edward Ayers, The Promise of the New South.
- Edward Ayers, The Oxford Book of the American South.
- Edward Ayers, The
Valley of the Shadow: Living the Civil War in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
- W.J. Cash, The Mind of the South.
- Jay Mechling,If They Can Build a Square Tomato: Notes Toward a Holistic
Approach to Regional Studies,Prospects, Vol. 4, 1979.
- Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth.
- John Shelton Reid, My Tears Spoiled My Aim.
- Austin Warren, The New England Conscience.
- Eudora Welty,Place in Fictionfrom The Eye of the Story: Selected
Essays and Reviews.
- The American Memory Project from
The Library of Congress.
- The Center for the Study of Southern
- Elizabeth Semancik, Albion's
Seed Grows in the Cumberland GapUG97.
- Mark Twain, Jim Blaine's Grandfather's Old Ramfrom Cohen and Dillingham, eds.,
Humor of the Old Southwest
FALL BREAK: 10/21-10/24
10/25: American Studies/ Public History: Professor Phyllis Leffler
- David Lowenthal, Ch. 6, Changing
the Past,(pp. 263-363) from The Past is a Foreign Country.
- John Bodnar, Remaking America : Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism
in the Twentieth Century.
- The Capital Project
- John Barans, Negotiating American Identity in the National Portrait Gallery
- Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember.
- James Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten: The Archeology of Early American
- Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Memory in
- Ivan Karp and Steven Lavine, eds., Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and
Politics of Museum Display.
- Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Steven D. Levine. eds.,Museums
and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture.
- Phyllis Leffler and Joseph Brent, Public and Academic History : A Philosophy
- Phyllis Leffler, Public History Readings. (C)
- Gregg Mitman, Cinematic
Nature:Hollywood Technology, Popular Culture, and the American Museum of
- The Popular Memory Group, Popular
Memory: Theory, Politics, Method.
- David Middleton and Derek Edwards, ed., Collective Remembering
- The Smithsonian Institution.
10/30: Architectural History and American Studies: Professor Richard G.
- The World's Columbian
Fairmont Water Works, 1800-1860
Beautiful: The 1901 Plan for Washington, D.C.
- Mary Halnon, Crossing
the River: Race, Geography, and the Federal Government in Anacostia
- Mary Halnon, Some Enchanted Evenings: American Picture Palaces
- Elizabeth Semancik, Backcountry Building Ways: Border Origins of Cabin
- Uncle Tom's Houses:
Domestic Architecture 1840-1870
- Emily Zimmerman, The Chrysler Building
- Janet Haven, Hoover Dam
- John Barans, The 1939 New York World's Fair
- Richard Guy Wilson, ed., Thomas
Jefferson's Academical Village.
- Richard Guy Wilson, The
Conflagration and the Making of the New' University,in Ed. Gaynor,
ed., Arise and Build.
Centennial Commemoration of the 1895 Rotunda Fire.
- Peter Gibian, The Art of Being
Off-Center:Shopping Center Spaces and Spectacles.
- Frederick Jameson, Postmodernism:
or the Logic of Late Industrial Capitalism.
- Joan Kron, The
Semiotics of Home Decor.
- John A Kouwenhoven, Stone,
Steel, and Jazz,from Made in America.
- Temple of Liberty:
Building the Capitol for a New Nation.
- Barbara Allen and Linda Frese, Reconstituting the Vanished:Gender, Memory, and Placemaking in the Delta South
- Elizabeth Edwards Harris, Housing the War-Time Workers: Experimenting with an Ideal
- A Digital Archive of American Architecture
- Reuben Rainey, A WorldWideWeb Multimedia
Archive for the Study of the
History of American Landscape
- John Baeder, Diners.
- Chester H. Liebs, Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture.
- J. C. Andrews, The Well Built Elephant and Other Roadside Attractions.
- Lois A. Craig, The Federal Presence: Architecture, Politics, and Symbols
in United States Government Building.
- John A.Jakle, The Gas Station in America.
- James Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's
- Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol.
- Sam Bass Warner, Jr., The Urban Wilderness.
- Richard Guy Wilson, The Making of Virginia Architecture.
- Richard Guy Wilson,, The Machine Age in America 1918-1941.
- Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House.
- ArtSource: Electronic
Resources in Architecture.
- Government/Politics HomePage.
11/06: American Studies and Popular Fiction: Professor Stephen Railton
- Rosemary Jann, Sherlock Holmes Codes the Social Body
- Earle Labor, Jack London's Symbolic Wilderness: Four Versions
- Christopher Looby, George Thompson's "Romance of the Real:" Transgression and Taboo in American Sensation Fiction
- Janice Radway, The Ideal Romance from Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature, Pt. I and Pt. II
- Wendy W. Walters, Limited Options: Strategic Maneuverings in Himes's Harlem
- Little Women.
- Dime NOvels and Penny Dreadfuls
- Dime Novels from LOC
- James D. Hart, The Popular Book.
- John G. Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, and Romance : Formula Stories as Art
and Popular Culture.
- Michael Denning, Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture
- Glenwood Irons, ed., Gender, Language, and Myth : Essays on Popular Narrative.
- Hans Robert Jauss,Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory,from Toward an Aesthetics of Reception.
- Mark McWilliams, With
Lee in Virginia.
- Frank Luther Mott, Golden Multitudes.
- Russel B. Nye, The Unembarrased Muse
- Stephen Railton, Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American
- John Luther Long, Madam
- Jane Tompkins,Masterpiece Theatre: The Politics of Hawhtorne's Literary
Reputation,andBut is it any Good? : The Institutionalization of
Literary Valuefrom Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American
- Popular Culture Page
at Bowling Green State University.
11/13: American Studies/Film Studies: Professor Walter Korte.
- Andrew Bergman, The Gangster, The G-Man and the Cowboy and The Juvenile Delinquent from We're in the Money: Depression America and its Films.
- Time Machine: 70 years of Science Fiction
- In Focus, The Western
- In Focus, Cliffhangers: The Golden Age of Serials
- In Focus, Film Noir
- James Monaco, How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia
- Paul N. Sammon, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.
- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
- Pauline Kael,Baby, the Rain Must Fall,The New Yorker, july 12,
- Paul Schrader,Notes on Film Noir,Film Comment, vol. 8, 1972.
- Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture
- Robin Wood, Ideology,
- Umberto Eco, 'Casablanca:'
Or The Cliches are Having a Ball.
- Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio.
- Andrew Bergman, We're in the Money: Depression America and Its Films.
- Emanuel Levy, Small-town America in Film : The Decline and Fall of Community.
Smith and Doe: Filming the American Hero
West in Silent Films
- Frank Diller, Mammy Dearest: The Depiction of African American House Servants...../a>
- Kathleen Hogan, Reaping the Golden Harvest: Pare Lorentz, Poet and Film Maker
- David Plowden, Small Town America.
- W.R.Robinson, ed., Man and the Movies.
- Steven Schoenherr, Multimedia and History.
- Paul Smith, The Historians and Film.
- Pointer to Resources
in Film Studies.
to Film Studies.
- Film Database.
11/20: Photography and American Studies: Professor John Bunch
- Carl Fleischhauer, et al, eds., Documenting America 1935-1943.
- Ansel Adams, The American Wilderness,ed. by Andrea G. Stillman.
- David Sapir, Fixing
Shadows: Still Photography
- Richard Avedon, In the American West.
- Margaret Bourke White, The Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White ed. by
- Walker Evans, American Photographs, ed. by Lincoln Kirstein.
- Robert Mapplethorpe, Mapplethorpe.
- Susan Sonntag, On Photography.
- Maren Stange, Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in
- Alan Trachtenberg, Photography as History
- Photography Collection of the
Farm Security Administration.
- The Art
of the American Daguerreotype.
rsity of Deleware Symposium on Photography and Society.
11/27: American Studies/Mass Communications: Professor John Sullivan.
- Robert C. Allen, ed., Channels of Discourse: Television and Contemporary
- Daniel Boorstin, The Image.
- Stuart Ewen, All Consuming Images : The Politics of Style in Contemporary
- Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen, Channels of Desire : Mass Images and
the Shaping of American Consciousness.
- T. Jackson Lears, No Place of Grace : Antimoderism and the Transformation
of American culture, 1880-1920
- Thomas Pyncheon, The Crying of Lot 49.
- Warren Sussman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society
in the Twentieth Century.
- Susan Strasser, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American
- The CSPAN HomePage
- The American
Communications Association HomePage.
- The Media and Communications
Studies Page by Daniel Chandler at the University of Wales.
- Brown University's
Modern Culture and Media Program.
12/04: Folklife and American Studies: The Commiditization of Folk Culture.
Professor Charles Perdue.
- Robert Cantlwell, Feasts of Unnaming,in R. Baron and N.R.Spitzer, eds., Public Folklore.
- Stephen J. Fjellman, Conclusion:Theses on Disney from Vinyl Leaves
- Robert H. Lavenda, Festivals and the Creation of Public Culture: Whose
Voice(s)? in Karp, Kreamer, and Lavine, eds. Museums and Communities: The
Politics of Public Culture.
- T. Jackson Lears, Packaging the Folk: Tradition and Amnesia in American
12/11: Exams Begin
- Neil Harris, Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum.
- T. Jackson Lears, Fables of Abundance : A Cultural History of Advertising
- Charles Perdue, Weevils in the Wheat : Interviews with Virginia Ex-slaves.
Draft conference before 12/15
Final Projects due 12/18
Vacation Reading: Stephen J. Fjellman, Vinyl Leaves: Walt Disney World and America.
- Create a "Web Resources for Studying American Popular Culture" that includes at least 10 significant resources.
- Prepare a brief critique of your final project from this course. You should include consideration of the following:
- Organization and navigation;
- the sense of audience;
- clarity and coherence of the site's argument;
- adequacy of materials to support that argument;
- any additional materials or editorial changes that would make the site more effective.