ENAM 803: The 1930s
Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday
Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Democratic Experience.
Terry A. Cooney, Balancing Acts: American Thought and Culture in the1930s.
Harvey Green, The Uncertainty of Everyday Life.
Robert S. McElvaine, The Great Depression.
William Stott, Documentary Expression and Thirties America.
Richard Guy Wilson, The Machine Age in America. (R)
Calendar of Meetings:
1/14: Organization and Introduction
01/19: Project Editing
01/26: The Democratic Experience
Reading: Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Democratic Experience.
02/02: The Great Depression
Reading: Robert S. McElvaine, The Great Depression.
Frederick Lewis Allen, Since Yesterday: The Nineteen-Thirties in America.
Daniel Aaron, The Strenuous Decade.
Anthony Bailey, America Lost and Found
Malcolm Cowley, Exile's Return: A Narrative of Ideas.
Robert Bendiner, Just Around the Corner: A Highly Selective History of the Thirties.
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.
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.
02/09: Prelude: the 1920s
02/16: Thirties Culture I:
Reading: Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday.
Reading: Terry Cooney, Balancing Acts.(R).
(These chapters are available online:
Terry Cooney, Challenge and Persistence, New Deals and Old, and Popular Culture and the Dance of Values from Balancing Acts: American Thought and Character in the 1930s
02/23: Thirties Culture II:
Reading: Harvey Green, The Uncertainty of Everyday Life.
03/01: The American Writer and the Great Depression.
SPRING BREAK: 03/06-03/14
03/15:Searching for the Real Thing
- Selected Fiction of the Thirties:
- Sherwood Anderson, Death in the Woods
- Erskine Caldwell, Saturday Afternoon
- John Dos Passos, Charley Anderson from The Big Money
- Caroline Gordon, Old Red
- William Faulkner, Was and A Rose for Emily
- Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilamanjaro
- Zora Neale Hurston, Chapters I and II from Their Eyes Were Watching God
- John Steinbeck, Chapter 21 from The Grapes of Wrath
- Eudora Welty, A Worn Path and Powerhouse
- Thomas Wolfe, The Lost Boy.
- Richard Wright, Big Boy Leaves
- Sarah White, ed., Blue Plate Special: An Anthology of Thirties Prose
Read two or three selections; your choice.
Daniel Aaron, Writers on the Left.
Ralph Bogardus and Fred Hobson, eds., Literature at the Barricades: The American Writer in the 1930s.
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.
Joseph North, ed., New Masses: An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties.
Rita James Simon, ed., As We Saw the Thirties: Essays on Social and Political Movements of a Decade.
Harvey Swados, ed., The American Writer and the Great Depression.
Cecelia Tichi, Shifting Gears: Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America.
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.
03/22: The Machine Age: Art, Architecture and Design.
03/29:The Machine Age
Richard Guy Wilson et al, The Machine Age in America. (R)
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.
Raymond Loewy, Never Leave Well Enough Alone
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.
Sue Bridewell Beckham, Depression Post Office Murals and
Norman Bel Geddes, Magic Motorways.
Lorraine B. Diehl, The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.
James J. Flink, The Automobile Age.
04/05:Workshop I: Project Design
- Proposal, rationale, and annotated bibliography
04/12: Workshop II:
04/19: Workshop III:
04/26: Workshop IV:
04/30-05/07: Final Examinations
NOTE: Final versions of ENAM 803 projects are due June 11
M.A. Theses are due August 2.