ENAM 485: American Studies Seminar (S99)
The South in the Depression
CULTURAL OBJECTS II (S96): The Idea of the South.
Texts: Guide to the Old Dominion (optional)
Terry Cooney, Balancing Acts.
T.H. Watkins, The Great Depression: America in the 1930s.
1/20: Organizational Meeting
1/25: The Idea of the South:
- Edward Ayers, Introduction from American Regionalism.
- Edward Ayers, What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the South? from American Regionalism.
- Michael O'Brien, The Mind of the Old South and its Accessibility, from Rethinking the South pp. 19-37. (C)
- John Shelton Reid, The South: Where is it? What is it?,Southerners as an American Ethnic Group, New South or No South, and Thoughts on the Southern Diaspora, from My Tears Spoiled My Aim (C)
- David Singal, Cavalier Myth and Victorian Culture from the War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, 1919-1945, pp. 11-33. (C)
- C.Van Woodward, The Search for Southern Identity, The Historical Dimension, and The Irony of Southern History from The Burden of Southern History. (C)
- Charles R. Wilson and William Ferris, eds., Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.(C)
- Environment, pp. 315-321, Air Conditioning, pp. 321-323, Kudzu, pp. 383-384,
Landscape -- Cultural, pp. 533-541.
- History and Manners, pp. 583-595, Foodways, pp. 613-614, Manners, pp. 634-637.
- Names, Personal, pp. 778-779, Names, Place, pp. 779-780.
- Mythic South, pp. 1097-1099, Stereotypes, pp. 1125-1127.
- note: The whole section on the Mythic
South is useful and interesting.
2/1: The Depression I: Political Economy
- T.H. Watkins, The Great Depression.
- Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s.
- Frederick Lewis Allen, Since Yesterday: The Nineteen-Thirties in America.
- Daniel Aaron, The Strenuous Decade.
- Malcolm Cowley, Exile's Return: A Narrative of Ideas.
- Malcolm Cowley, The Dream of the Golden Mountain: Remembering the 1930s.
- Arthur Ekirch, Jr., Ideologies and Utopias: The Impact of the New Deal on American Thought.
- Harvey Green, The Uncertainty of Everyday Life.
- Frederick Hoffman, The 1920s.
- Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R.
- W. F. Leuchtenberg, Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.
- R.S. and H. Lynd, Middletown in Transition: A Study in Cultural Conflicts.
- Henry F. May, The End of American Innocence.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr., The Coming of the New Deal.
- David A. Shannon, ed., The Great Depression.
- Howard Sitkoff, A New Deal for Blacks: The Emergance of Civil Rights as a National Issue.
- Studs Terkel, Hard Times.
- Susan Ware, Holding Their Own: American Women in the 1930s.
- Robert Zieger, American Workers, American Unions, 1929-1985.
2/8: The Depression II: The Culture of Depression
2/15: Writing the Depression:
- Terry Cooney, Balancing Acts
- Daniel Aaron and Robert Bendiner, eds., The Strenuous Decade: A Social and Intellectual Record
of the 1930s.
- Martha Banta, Taylored Lives: Narrative Productions in the Age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford.
- Alan Jenkins, The Thirties.
- Roland Marchand, Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940.
- Richard Pell, Radical Visions and American Dreams.
- Daniel Singal, The War Within: From Victorian to Moderninst Thought in the South, 1919-1945.
- Harold Stearns, ed., America Now: An Inquiry into Civilization in the United States.
- Warren Susman, Culture as History.
- Warren Susman, ed., Culture as
2/22: Picturing the Depression
NOTE: For those not already digitizing a text, I'll assign one of the following texts for scanning, marking up, and posting.
- William Faulkner,
- Eudora Welty,
- from A Modern Southern Reader, ed. Forkner and Samway. (Clemons Reserve)
- Caroline Gordon, Old Red.
- Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six Bits.
- Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.
- Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man.
- James Agee, Knoxville: Summer 1915.
- from Southern Stories, ed. Arlin Turner (Clemons Reserve)
- Thomas Wolfe, The Lost Boy.
- Erskine Caldwell, Saturday Afternoon.
- Twelve Southerners, I'll Take My Stand especially
- John Crowe Ransom, Reconstructed but Unregenerate
- John Crowe Ransom, A Statement of Principles
- Frank Owsley, The Irrepressible Conflict
- Robert Penn Warren, The Brian Patch
- John Donald Wade, The Life and Death of Cousin Lucius
- Andrew Nelson Lytle, The Hind Tit
- Louis D. Rubin, jr., ed., Southern Renascence: The Literature of
the Modern South.(Clemons Reserve)
- Daniel Aaron, Writers on the Left.
- Ralph Bogardus and Fred Hobson, eds., Literature at the Barricades: The American Writer in the
- Alfred Kazin, Starting Out in the Thirties.
- Richard King, A Southern Renaissance: The Cultural Awakening of the American South.
- Jerre Mangione, The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers Project.
- Harvey Swados, ed., The American Writer and the Great Depression.
- Cecelia Tichi, Shifting Gears:
Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist. America.
- Fleishhauer and Brannan, eds., Documenting America:
1935-1943. pp. 15-73, 114-127, 128-145,146-159, 188-205, (R) and
available at UVA Bookstore. (Perhaps you can share a few copies of this text.)
- Suggested: NOTE: For those not already
digitizing text-and-image, we'll form teams and create an
exhibition from some of these texts.
- William Stott, Documentary Expression and Thirties America (R)
- Jerry Mangione, The Dream and the Deal.
- Landon Nordeman, Walker Evans' and Company
- Herman Clarence Nixon, Forty Acres and Steel Mules.
- Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, An American Exodus.
- Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White, You Have Seen Their Faces.
- Richard Wright, Twelve Million Voices.
- Eudora Welty, One Place, One Time.
- James Agee and Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
- Karal Ann Marling, Wall-to-Wall America.
- Jeffry L. Meikle, Twentieth_Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939.
3/1: Constructing/Deconstructing the Depression:
- Charles C. Alexander, Here the Country Lies: Nationalism and the Arts in 20th Century America, pp. 109-240. (R)
- Sue Bridewell Beckham, Depression Post Office Murals and Southern Culture, pp. 21-150. (ASLAB)
- Jonathan Harris, Federal Art and National Culture: The Politics of Identity in New Deal America, pp.28-43, 64-84. (ASLAB)
- Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory.
- Stephen M. Fjellman, Vinyl
- Richard Guy Wilson et al, The Machine Age in America.
- Richard McKinzie, The New Deal for Artists.
- Walter D. Teague, Design This Day.
- Allen Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge.
- Andrew Bergman, We're in the Money.
- Robert Sklar, Movie Made America.
3/22:Project Proposals I:
3/29: 4/5: Project Proposals II:
- Post project proposal, bibliography (text and
electronic resources), and work schedule to your home page by
- Digitized sections of The Guide are due 3/29.
3/29: Project Design:
4/5: Workshop I:
4/12: Workshop II:
4/19: Workshop III:
4/26: Workshop IV:
5:/3: Workshp V:
NOTE: Hypertext Projects due: 5/14. This will include migrating the projects to .xroads.virginia.edu, testing them for functionality, and registering them with the appropriate web engines and indices.