ENAM 483: Introduction to American Studies
427 Bryan Hall
Office Hours: MW 2:00-3:30
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General Statement of Purpose
Texts (available at University of Virginia Bookstore):
- Raymond Williams, Keywords.
Calendar of Meetings
9/1:Organization and Introduction
Begin working on The American Hypertext Workshop
9/4: Classic Paradigms I: Cultural Maps and Master Narratives
- Hans Holbein the Younger, Map of the World (1515)
- William Bradford, from Of Plymouth Plantation(R)
- Captain John Smith, from The History of Virginia.(R)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Maypole of Merrymount from The
Complete Novels and Selected Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne.(C) This may also be
available atthis site.
- Cotton Mather, Book I and Nehemius Amercana from
Magnalia Christi Americana.(R)
- Ben Franklin, from The Autobiography of Benjamin
Franklin, pp.5-29, 81-92 and Poor Richard Improved, 1758 pp.
- Sacvan Bercovitch, The Puritan Origins of the American Self.
- Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Colonial Experience.
- Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted.
- Michael Kammen, People of Paradox.(C)
- Melissa Kennedy, Exploring the West from Monticello.
- Perry Miller, Errand into the Wilderness.
- Thomas Paine, The
- Plymouth, MA
- James City County, VA
- Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- David Potter, People of Plenty.
NOTE: (R) refers to a xerox collection of materials while (C) refers to
individual books, all on reserve in Clemons. A highlighted word or phrase, of course, indicates
that the text is available from this page.
9/11: Classic Paradigms II: The Middle Ground: Early National Period to WW I
- Thomas Jefferson, Draft of The
Declaration of Independence. andQuery 4 pp. 142-149 and Query 19
pp. 290-291, from Notes on the State of
- James Madison, The
- George Washington, Farewell Address.
- Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur,Letter III: What is an American?, from Letters from an American
- Alexis deTocqueville, 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. Part II, The Influence of Democracy on the Sentiments of Americans:
What Causes Almost All Americans to Follow an Industrial Calling, How an Aristocracy may be
Created by Manufacures. from Democracy in America
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American
- Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg
- Walt Whitman, selections from Democratic Vistas.(R)
- Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in
- Thorstein Veblen, (Industrial Exemption and Conservatism, from The
Theory of the Leisure Class (R)
- Henry Adams, Chicago and The Dynamo and the Virgin,from
The Education of Henry Adams.(C)
- 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, Virgin Land: The American West as Myth and
- Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America.
9/18:Classic Paradigms III: The American Studies Movement
- George Santayana, Materialism and Idealism in American Life, from Character and Opinion in the United States.(R)
- William Carlos Williams, The Voyage of the Mayflower, The Maypole of
Merrymount, and Poor Richard from In the American Grain.
- Constance Rourke, Corn Cobs Twist Your Hair from Native
- Vernon L. Parrington, Introduction,preface to Book I: Liberalism and
Puritanism, Chapter III:The Chief Stewards of Thocracy and Chapter IV: The
Contributions of Independency from Main Currents in American
Thought. Vol I(C)
- John Crowe Ransome,Reconstructed but Unregenerate from I'll Take
- Reinhold Neibuhr, Irony in American History. (R)
- Henry Nash Smith, The Agricultural West in Literature from Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and
- Leo Marx, Sleepy Hollow, 1844 from The Machine in the Garden:
NOTE: You should have your HomePage built and linked to everyone
else's by 9/21 AND you should indicate in class on Friday which article or
you have selected for scanning..
9/25: From American Studies to American(?) Cultural(?) Studies(?)
- Generational Conflict:
- Searching for a New Synthesis:
- Roland Barthes, Wrestling
- Clifford Geertz, Thick Description.
- 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
- Gary Engle, What Makes Superman So Darned
- bell hooks, Madonna: Plantation Mistress or Soul
- Roland Marchand, Visions of Classlessness, Quests for
Dominion: American Popular Culture, 1945-1960.
- Michael Parenti, Class and Virtue.
- Andrew Wernick, Vehicles for Myth: The Shifting Image of the
- John Fiske, Understanding Popular Culture.
- Frederick Jameson, Postmodernism or the Logic of Late
- Kenneth Lynn, The Regressive Historians from The Airline to Seattle
- Jay Mechling, An American Culture Grid, With Texts.
- Russel Reising, The Unusable Past: Theory and the Study of American
- Jane Tompkins, Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction,
- Raymond Williams, Culture and Society, 1780-1950.
- Gene Wise, Paradigm Dramas in American Studies: A Cultural
and Institutional History of the Movement.
10/2: Regional History and American Studies: Professor Ed Ayers
NOTE: Professor Ayers will visit on Friday, 10/6.
- Edward Ayers, Introduction from American Regionalism MS.
- Edward Ayers, What Do We Talk About When We Talk About
the South? from American Regionalism MS.
- William Faulkner,Was from Go Down Moses(C)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown,from The Complete
and Selected Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne.(C)
- Mark Twain, Jim Blaine's Grandfather's Old Ram from Cohen and Dillingham, eds.,
Humor of the Old Southwest(C)
- Edward Ayers, The Promise of the New 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
- John Shelton Reid, My Tears Spoiled My Aim.
- Austin Warren, The New England Conscience.
- Eudora Welty, Place in Fiction from The Eye of the Story: Selected
Essays and Reviews. (R)
- The American Memory Project from The Library
- The Center for the Study of Southern
NOTE:You should post your scanned article by 10/6.
10/7-10/10 Reading Days
10/16: Public History and American Studies: Professor Phyllis Leffler
- David Lowenthal, Ch. 6, Changing the Past, (pp. 263-363) from The
Past is a Foreign Country. (C)
- Peter Burke, The New History, its Past and Future, pp. 1-23, from
New Perspectives on Historical Writing.
- Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality from Travels in Hyperreality
- Levine, Lawrence W., William Shakespeare in America from Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. (C)
- John Bodnar, Remaking America : Public Memory, Commemoration, and
Patriotism in the Twentieth Century.
- 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 American Culture.
- 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, from Public History Readings. (C)
- The Popular Memory Group, Popular Memory: Theory, Politics, Method.(R)
- David Middleton and Derek Edwards, ed., Collective
- The Smithsonian Institution.
10/23:Photography and American Studies: Professor John Bunch
- Thomas J. Schlereth, Mirrors of the Past: Historical Photography and History, from
Artifacts and the American Past.(C)
- America and Lewis Hine -- video (C)
- Miles Orvell, A Hieroglyphic World: The Furnishing of Identity in Victorian Culture
and Photography and the Artifice of Realism from The Real Thing:
Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940. (C)
- Ansel Adams, The American Wilderness,ed. by Andrea G.
- Richard Avedon, In the American West.
- Margaret Bourke White, The Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White
ed. by Sean Callahan.
- Walker Evans, American Photographs, ed. by Lincoln
- Robert Mapplethorpe, Mapplethorpe.
- Christine Sills, The Holsinger Collection at The University of Virginia.
- Susan Sonntag, On Photography.
- Maren Stange, Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary
Photography in America, 1890-1950.
- Alan Trachtenberg, Photography as History
- Photography Collection of the Farm Security
- The Art of the American
University of Deleware Symposium on Photography and Society.
10/30:Popular Fiction and American Studies: Professor Stephen Railton
- Debbie Durbin, Little Women.
- 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 in America.
- Glenwood Irons, ed., Gender, Language, and Myth : Essays on Popular
- 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
- Joshua Rutsky, Madam Butterfly.
- Jane Tompkins, Masterpiece Theatre: The Politics of Hawhtorne's Literary Reputation,
and But is it any Good? : The Institutionalization of Literary Value from Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work
of American Fiction, 1790-1860.
- Popular Culture Page at Bowling
Green State University.
(No class meeting Friday, November 3.)
11/6: Film and American Studies: Professor Walter Korte.
- Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio.
- Andrew Bergman, We're in the Money: Depression America and Its
- Emanuel Levy, Small-town America in Film : The Decline and Fall of
- David Plowden, Small Town America.
- W.R.Robinson, ed., Man and the Movies.
- Steven Schoenherr, Multimedia and History.
- Paul Smith, The Hisorians and Film.
- Pointer to Resources in
- Guide to Film Studies.
- Film Database.
11/13: Architectural History and American Studies: Professor Richard G. Wilson
- Richard Guy Wilson, ed., Thomas
Jefferson's Academical Village. (You may want to read the whole book; you should
read at least the essays by Wilson and
- Richard Guy Wilson,
The Conflagration and the Making of the New' University, in
Ed. Gaynor, ed., Arise and Build.
- A Centennial
Commemoration of the 1895 Rotunda Fire.
- Peter Gibian, The Art of Being Off-Center:Shopping Center
Spaces and Spectacles.
- Joan Kron, The Semiotics of Home Decor.
- John A Kouwenhoven, Stone, Steel, and Jazz, from
Made in America.(R)
- Temple of Liberty: Building the
Capitol for a New Nation.
- John Baeder, Diners.
- Lois A. Craig, The Federal Presence: Architecture, Politics, and Symbols in
United States Government Building.
- Jakle, John A. The Gas Station in America.
- James Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of
America's Man-Made Landscape.
- 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
- Government/Politics HomePage.
NOTE:You should post your review of a book from the Suggestions for Futher Reading by 11/17.
11/20:Art History and American Studies: Professor Roger B. Stein
- David M. Lubin, Introduction: The Politics of Method, in Picturing a
Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America, pp. X-xvii. (R)
- Roger B. Stein, A Portfolio: American Seascape Art, in Haskell Springer, ed., America and the Sea, pp. 146-189. (R)
- Roger B. Stein, Packaging the Great Plains in Great Plains Quarterly,
vol. 5, pp. 5-23. (R)
- ArtSource: Directory for Electronic
Resources in Art.
- John Berger, Ways of Seeing.
- Ralph Henry Gabriel, The Pageant of America. (A 15 volume
collection of American images.)
- David M. Lubin, Labyrinths of Meaning in Vanderlyn's Ariadne, in Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America, pp.
- Christin J. Maniya, Pop Art and Consumer Culture: American Super
- Keith Moxey, Semiotics and the Social History of Art.
- Barbara Novak, Nature and Culture : American Landscape and Painting,
- Roger B. Stein, Americans and the Sea.
- Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word.
11/22:Last day of class: Thanksgiving
11/27: Mass Communications and American Studies: 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 Mass
- 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.
12/4: Folklife and American Studies: The Commiditization of Folk Culture. Professor Charles
Perdue and Nan Perdue.
- Robert Cantlwell, Feasts of Unnaming, in R. Baron and N.R.Spitzer, eds.,
- Stephen J. Fjellman, Conclusion:Theses on Disney from Vinyl
- 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. (C)
- T. Jackson Lears, Packaging the Folk: Tradition and Amnesia in American
- Neil Harris, Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum.
- T. Jackson Lears, Fables of Abundance : A Cultural History of Advertising in
- Charles Perdue, Weevils in the Wheat : Interviews with Virginia
12/11: Exams Begin
NOTE: Final Project, My American Studies, due 12/15.
12/18: Exams End.