last updated Texts:
Introduction to American Studies
- Summer Reading:
- Thomas Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree.
- Neil Howe and Bill Strauss, 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Fail?
- Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
- Paul Fussell, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System.
- Neil Postman, Technopoly.
- Additional Texts:
- Wendy Griswold, Cultures and Societies in a Changing World.
- Raymond Williams, Keywords.
- HTML 4 for Dummies: Quick Reference
Calendar of Meetings
|08/29: Organization and Introduction
- Wednesday: General Objectives of the American Studies Program and this course.
- Friday: Tour of AS@UVA
Look for one interesting thing on the site and one thing that provokes a question; bring both to class on Friday.
- For Monday, choose the book from the summer reading you liked best. Identify an idea in the book that seems interesting, powerful, useful or all three. Write a brief description of the idea as if you were explaining it to an intelligent peer who has not read the book.
- Monday: Williams, Keywords
- Read the section on Culture and follow out two of the realted terms (listed at the end of the section) as far as you can.
- Plumbdesign Visual Thesaurus
- Wednesday: Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree.
- Friday: Postman, Technopoly.
- Monday: Howe and Straus, 13th Gen.
- Wednesday: Fussell, Class.
- Friday: Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
- Monday: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
Amercana 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.
|09/24: Classic Paradigms II: The Middle Ground: Early National Period to
- Wednesday: Note: Professor James Ceaser of the Government Department will be our visitor today. The chapters from de Tocqueville that are individually linked below are those that he will focus on in class.
- Alexis deTocqueville,
Volume I: Democracy
- James Ceaser, Reconstructing America: The Symbol of America in Modern Thought.
- Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The National Experience.
- Michael Kammen, The Machine that Would Run by Itself: The Constitution
in American Culture.
- Miles Orvell, The Real Thing.
- Henry Nash Smith, Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America.
|10/01: Classic Paradigms III: The American Studies Movement
|10/08: From American Studies to American(?) Cultural(?) Studies(?)
- Monday: Professor Richard Wilson will meet us at the Bayly Museum promptly at 9 a.m. to explore the upcoming exhibit, Singular Visions: Folk Art from Charlottesville Collections.
- Reading: American Studies and Folk Art
- Wednesday: Generational Conflict:
- Reading: (Choose any 2)
Note: Reading Days 10/13-10/16: We'll continue this dicussion when classes resume.
- Friday: Searching for a New Synthesis:
- Reading: Choose any 2
- 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.
- Monday: Professor Scott Saul of the English Department: American Studies and Popular Music.
- Craig Werner, from A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America.
- Wednesday: Professor John Sullivan of the English Department.
American Culture and Mass Media: The Example of Radio
- John Sullivan, Topsy and Eva Play Vaudeville
- Instructions: Go to the Uncle Tom's Cabin site, click on Interpret Mode, then click on Professor Sullivan's essay.
- OTR #1
- OTR #2
- AS@UVA 1930s Radio site.
- (includes a complete day of radio from WJSV, Washington, D.C., an Amos 'n' Andy project, another on Superman, and more.
- Daniel Chandler,Semiotics
- Daniel Chandler, Cultivation Theory
- Daniel Chandler, Notes on the Construction of Reality in TV News Programmes
- Daniel Chandler, The 'Grammar' of Television and Film
- Daniel Chandler, An Introduction to Genre Theory
- The Radio Hall of Fame
- American rhetorical
history with classic speeches by speaker, title, controversy/movement plus
- Detroit News Living History Project
- Civic Journalism Movement
- Making a living with an American Studies
- What History professors
do in their spare time
- Mass Communications Bibliography of Print Resources
- 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.
- Monday: Professor Richard Guy Wilson of Architectural History: American Studies and American Architecture.
- 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.
- Monday: Professor Deborah McDowell of the English Department: American Studies, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.
- Spike Lee, Four Little Girls (Video on Reserve in Clemons)
- Wednesday: Professor Stephen Railton of the English Department.
Reading: American Studies and Popular Fiction.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin Chapters 20, 25, 26, 27.
- Using the search function on the Uncle Tom's Cabin site, search for Topsy and try to make sense of what you find.
- 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.
- Friday: Discussion
- Monday: Professor John Bunch of the Education School: American Studies and Photography.
- 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.
- University of Deleware Symposium on Photography and Society.
- Wednesday: Professor Walter Korte of English/Drama: American Studies and Film.
- King's Row (Videodisk on Reserve in Clemons)
- Michael Walker, King's Row
- Friday: Discussion
Wednesday: Alan B. Howard of the American Studies Program: Regionalism and American Studies.
- Monday: Professor Brian Balogh of the History Department.
- Edward Ayers, The Valley of the Shadow
- Edward Ayers, Introduction from All Over the Map.
- 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.
- Grace Hale, from Producing the Ground of Difference
- 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
- Angelene Price, White
Trash: The Construction of an American ScapegoatMA97.
- 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
- Monday: Professor Craig Barton of the Architecture School.
- Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History
- Craig Barton, Duality and Invisibility: Race and Memory in the Urbanism of the American South.
- Mabel O. WilsonBetween Rooms 307: Spaces of Memory at the National Civil Rights Museum.
- Wednesday: Professor Ben Ray of the Religion Department: American Studies and Religious Studies.
- Friday: Discussion
Note: Classes end 12/07
- Monday: We will meet with Professor Charles Perdue in his offices in the Basement of Brooks Hall.
- Benjamin Filene, Setting the Stage: Identifying an American Folk Music Heritage, 1900-1930.
- Neil Harris, Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum.
- T. Jackson Lears, Fables of Abundance : A Cultural History of Advertising
- T. Jackson Lears, Packaging the Folk: Tradition and Amnesia in American
- Charles Perdue, Weevils in the Wheat : Interviews with Virginia Ex-slaves.
- Wednesday: Professor Heather Warren of the Religion Department will be the visitor.
- Friday: TBA