ENAM 484: American Studies Seminar
Spring 2002
American Popular Culture


Last Updated 02/14/02

Texts:
  • Stephen J. Fjellman, Vinyl Leaves: Walt Disney World and America.
  • Robert C. Allen, ed., Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: Television and Contemporary Criticism.
  • Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon, eds., Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers.

Calendar:

01/16: Organization and Introduction.

01/23: Vinyl Leaves

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General Resources:

01/28: Channels of Discourse, Reassembled I

Note: For the next two weeks, after reading the chapter for discussion, I'd like you to watch a (favorite?) T.V. program.

  • Robert C. Allen, More Talk about TV
  • Ellen Seiter, Semiotics, Structuralism, and Television
  • Sarah Kozloff, Narrative Theory and Television
  • Robert C. Allen, Audience-Oriented Criticism and Television
  • Jane Feuer, Genre Study and Television
Note: No Class Friday, Feb. 2

02/04: Channels of Discourse II

  • Mimi White, Ideological Analysis and Television
  • Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Psychoanalysis, Film, and Television
  • E. Ann Kaplan, Feminist Criticism and Television
  • Jim Collins, Postmodernism and Television
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  • Daniel J. Czitrom, Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan

02/11: The World's Columbian Exposition: Popular Culture at the Turn of the Century I

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02/18: Popular Culture at the Turn of the Century II

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02/25: Chicago 1933 and New York 1939: Popular Culture between the Wars I

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03/04: Popular Culture between the Wars II


Spring Break

03/18: Signs of Life

03/25: Project Proposals

04/01: No Class

04/08: Revision and upgrade of Project Proposals

04/15: Story Boards

04/24: First Drafts

GTMAP

04/23: Second Drafts

Final Examinations: 05/04-05/10

Final Projects due 05/10