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ENAM 802: American Studies Colloquium I

Syllabus 

 ver. 1.0; last updated 08/31/98

Texts:

    • Summer Reading:
    • John Berger, Ways of Seeing.
    • John Crunden, A Brief History of American Culture.
    • Neill Howe and Bill Strauss, 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?
    • James Hunter, Culture Wars.
    • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
    • Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
    • Gary Wills, John Wayne's America.
    • Raymond Williams, Keywords.
  • New Texts:
    • Stephen J. Fjellman, Vinyl Leaves.
    • Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden.
    • Miles Orvell, The Real Thing.
    • Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land.
    • Warren Susman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century 
    • Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America.
    • Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
    9/07: Summer Reading I 
    • John Crunden, A Brief History of American Culture.
    • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 
    • Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    • .AS Lab
    9/14: Summer Reading II: 
    • Ian Howe,13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Fail?
    • James Hunter, Culture Wars.
    • John Berger, The Art of Seeing.
    • AS Lab
    9/21: Summer Reading III 
    • Gary Wills, John Wayne's America.
    • Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
    • AS Lab
    10/12: Classic Paradigms I: In the Beginning.  Suggested: 
    • Sacvan Bercovitch, The Puritan Origins of the American Self.
    • Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Colonial Experience.
    • Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted.
    • Howard Mumford Jones, O Strange New World
    • Michael Kammen, The Machine that Would Run by Itself: The Constitution in American Culture.
    • Perry Miller, Errand into the Wilderness.
    • David Potter, People of Plenty.
    • Ernest Lee Tuveson, Redeemer Nation.
    • Gary Wills, Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
    Note: Reading Days 10/10-10/13. 
            : Trachtenberg scans to be posted to your home page by 10/10

    10/19: Classic Paradigms II: The Middle Ground 

     
    • Alexis deTocqueville, from  Democracy in America 

    •  
      • Origin of the Anglo-Americans and the Importance of their Origins in Relation to Thier Future Condition, 
      • The Necessity of Examining the Condition of hte States Before That of the Union at Large, 
      • The Federal Constitution,
      • Liberty of the Press in the United States, 
      • Government of Democracy in the United States
      • Main Causes Tending to Maintain a Democratic Republic in the United States,
      • The Present and Probably Future condition of the Three Races that Inhabit the Territory of the United States, 

      • 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, 
      • Why Democratic Nations show a More Ardent and Enduring Love for Equality than Liberty, 
      • Of Individualism in Democratic Countries, 
      • Of the Uses which Americans make of Public Associations, 
      • Of the Taste for Physical Well-being in America
      • What Causes Almost All Americans to Follow an Industrial Calling, 
      • How an Aristocracy may be Created by Manufacures, 
      • How Customs are Softened as Social Conditions become more Equal, 
      • Influence of Democracy on the Family,
      • How Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes, 
      • Of Honour in the United States and in Democratic Communities, 
      • Why Democratic Nations Naturally Desire Peace and Democratic Armies War,
      • Why the Idea of Democratic Peoples about Government Naturally Favors the Concentration of Political Power,
      • What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations have to Fear, 
      • General Survey of the Subject. 
      • ASLAB
       
    11/02: Henry Nash Smith  
     
    11/09: Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden
    Suggested: 
    • Gary Cross, Technology and American Society : A History.Thomas Parke Hughes, American Genesis : A Ccntury of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970.
    • Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization
    • Cecelia Tichi, Shifting Gears : Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America.
    11/16: Allen Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America
     

    11/23: Miles Orvell  The Real Thing,  pp. xv-239

    • Lawrence H. Levine, William Shakespeare in America,from Shakespeare in America. 
    • Tom Gunning, Tracing the Individual Body: Photography, Detectives, and Early Cinema in Leo Charney and Vanessa R. Schwartz, eds., Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (C)
    • Ben Singer, Modernity, Hyperstimulus, and the Rise of Popular Sensationalism, in Charney and Schwartz. (C)
    • Erika D. Rappaport, 'A New Era of Shopping;' The Promotion of Women's Pleasure in London's West End, 1909-1914 in Charney and Schwartz. (C)
    • Alexandra Keller, Disseminations of Modernity: Representation and Consumer Desire in Early Mail-Order Catalogs in Charney and Schwartz. (C)
    • Miriam Bratu Hansen, America, Paris, the Alps: Kracauer (and Benjamin) on Cinema and Modernity, in Charney and Schwartz. (C)
    • AS Lab
Suggested: 
  • Walter Benjamin, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
  • Daniel Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America.
  • Neil Harris, Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum. 
  • T. J. Jackson Lears, Fables of Abundance : A Cultural History of Advertising in America. 
  • Susan Sonntag, On Photography. 
  • Susan Strasser, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market
  • Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Symbol and Fact.
  • Alan Trachtenberg, Reading American Photographs.
Thanksgiving Vacation: 11/26-11/29

11/30: Warren Sussman, Culture as History.

 
Suggested: 
  • The World's Columbian Exposition. 
  • John Cawelti, America on Display: The Worlds' Fairs of 1876, 1893, 1933, in F. Jaher, ed., The Age of Industrialism in America.
  • Sigfried Gideon, Mechanization Takes Command.
  • John Higham, Strangers in the Land.
  • Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted.
  • Howard Mumford Jones, The Age of Engergy.
  • Neil Harris, Grand Illusions : Chicago's World's Fair of 1893
  • T.J. Jackson Lears and Richard W. Fox, eds., The Culture of Consumption.
  • David Noble, America by Design.
  • Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol.
  • Sam Bass Warner, The Urban Wilderness.
  • Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History
Hypertext extensions to The Incorporation of America, Virgin Land due 11/30. 
 
12/07: Gilbert Seldes, The Seven Lively Arts 
  • ASLAB
  • Note: Seldes Projects will be due after the Christmas break.
        Suggested: 
 

 

12/14: 

NOTE:Revisons of Yellow Pages due 12/02. 
 
 

 
 
 

Vacation Reading: Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory. 
                          : Stephen Fjellman, Vinyl Leaves.
                          : Collect ten unique electronic resources relating to the 1930s;  post to /MA99/resource.html