ENAM 803: The 1930s

Last updated: 04/11/01

Texts:

Terry A. Cooney, Balancing Acts: American Thought and Culture in the1930s.(R)
Alfred Kazin, On Native Grounds.
Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory.
Warren Susman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century. (R)
T.H. Watkins, The Great Depression: America in the 1930s.(R)
Richard Guy Wilson, The Machine Age in America. (R)

Objectives

Calendar of Meetings:

1/17: Organization and Introduction

1/22: Public Memory

Reading:

Suggested:
Louis Adamic, My America.
James Agee and Walker Evans, Let us Now Praise Famous Men.
American Stuff: An Anthologyof Prose and Verse by Members of the Federal Writers' Project.
Nathan Asch, The Road: In Search of America.
John Dos Passos, U.S.A.
James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan.
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom.
William Faulkner, The Hamlet.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, TheLast Tycoon.
Upton Sinclair, ed., The Cry for Justice.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath.
Nathaniel West, Miss Lonely Hearts.
Nathaniel West, The Day of the Locust.
Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel.
Edmund Wilson, American Earthquake: A Documentary of the Twenties and Thirties.
Richard Wright, Native Son.
Richard Wright, Uncle Tom's Children.

02/26:Searching for the Real Thing

03/05: The Machine Age: Art, Architecture and Design.

Richard Guy Wilson, et al, The Machine Age in America. (R)

Recommended:

  • David Gebhard, The Moderne in the U.S., 1920-1941
  • John A. Jakle, The American Gasoline Station: 1920-1970 SPRING BREAK: 03/10-03/18


    03/19:

    Reading:
    Richard Guy Wilson et al, The Machine Age in America. (R)

    Recommended:
    Charles C. Alexander, Here the Country Lies: Nationalism and the Arts in 20th Century America.

    Jonathan Harris, Federal Art and National Culture: The Politics of Identity in New Deal America

    Martin Grief, Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America.
    Janet Kardon, ed., Craft in the Machine Age.
    Richard McKinzie, The New Deal for Artists.
    Karal Ann Marling, Wall-to-Wall America.
    Jeffry L. Meikle, Twentieth_Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939.
    Walter D. Teague, Design This Day.
    Allen Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge.

    Suggested:

    Sue Bridewell Beckham, Depression Post Office Murals and Southen Culture.
    Norman Bel Geddes, Magic Motorways.
    Lorraine B. Diehl, The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.
    James J. Flink, The Automobile Age.

    NOTE: Next week, we'll critique the MA98 projects; I'll ask each of you to choose one project and to redesign it on paper. NOTE: Your own BIG Project Proposals are due 4/5.

    03/26: The 1930s Project.

    04/02:Workshop I: Project Design

    04/09:Workshop II:

    04/16: Workshop III:

    04/23: Workshop IV:

    04/30: Workshop V:

    05/04-05/11: Final Examinations

    NOTE: Projects due 05/11

  • To Do (Before beginning of Summer Session, June 11)