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ENAM 483: Introduction to American Studies

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last updated 12/27/97
 Texts (available at University of Virginia Bookstore): 
  • Wendy Griswold, Cultures and Societies in a Changing World.
  • Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.

Calendar of Meetings
9/03:Organization and Introduction 
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  • Williams, Keywords
    • Capitalism, Community, Culture, Democracy, Equality, Ethnic, Family, History, Ideology, Nature, Race, Representative, Society.
9/08: Classic Paradigms I: Cultural Maps and Master Narratives 
  • Sacvan Bercovitch, The Puritan Origins of the American Self.
  • Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Colonial Experience.
  • Michael Kammen, People of Paradox.
  • Exploring the West from Monticello.
  • Perry Miller, Errand into the Wilderness.
Suggested:  9/15: Classic Paradigms II: The Middle Ground: Early National Period to WW I 
  • Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The National Experience.
  • Michael Kammen, The Machine that Would Run by Itself: The Constitution in American Culture.
  • Miles Orvell, The Real Thing.
  • Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land: The American West as Myth and Symbol.
  • Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America.
9/22:Classic Paradigms III: The American Studies Movement 
9/29: From American Studies to American(?) Cultural(?) Studies(?) 
Recommended:  10/06: American Studies/Regional Studies: Professor Ed Ayers 
Suggested:  NOTE:You should post your scanned article by 10/6. 

10/15: American Studies/ Public History: Professor Phyllis Leffler 

Suggested:  10/20:Photography and American Studies: Professor John Bunch 
  • Thomas J. Schlereth, Mirrors of the Past: Historical Photography and History, from Artifacts and the American Past.(C)
  • America and Lewis Hine -- video (C)
  • Miles Orvell, A Hieroglyphic World: The Furnishing of Identity in Victorian Culture and Photography and the Artifice of Realism from The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940. (C)
Suggested:  10/27:American Studies and Popular Fiction: Professor Stephen Railton 
  • Little Women.
  • James D. Hart, The Popular Book.
  • John G. Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, and Romance : Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture.
  • Michael Denning, Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America.
  • Glenwood Irons, ed., Gender, Language, and Myth : Essays on Popular Narrative.
  • Hans Robert Jauss, Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory, from Toward an Aesthetics of Reception.
  • Mark McWilliams, With Lee in Virginia.
  • Frank Luther Mott, Golden Multitudes.
  • Russel B. Nye, The Unembarrased Muse
  • Stephen Railton, Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American Renaissance.
  • John Luther Long, Madam Butterfly.
  • Jane Tompkins, Masterpiece Theatre: The Politics of Hawhtorne's Literary Reputation, and But is it any Good? : The Institutionalization of Literary Value from Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860.
  • Popular Culture Page at Bowling Green State University.
11/03: American Studies/Film Studies: Professor Walter Korte. 
  • View Blade Runner (C) before class Monday. 
  • NOTE: "Blade Runner is on reserve in Clemons and I have also reserved a video room for 7:00 Sunday evening, November 2. There is also a big screen showing Sunday Morning, Nov. 2, at 10:00 in Culbreth theatre (where you can use your Arts Dollars for admission; get tickets at the Culbreth Box Office): someone should organize a Blade Runner party. 

  • Joseph Fancavilla, The Android as Doppelganger, in Judith B. Kerman, ed, Retrofitting Blade Runner(C) 
  • Judith B. Kerman, Technology and Politics in the Blade Runner Dystopia in Retrofitting...(C) 
  • William Fisher, Of Living Machines and Living-Machines: Blade Runner and the Terminal Genre 
  • Paul N. Sammon, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner. 
  • Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. 
  • Pauline Kael, Baby, the Rain Must Fall, The New Yorker, july 12, 1982. 
  • Paul Schrader, Notes on Film Noir, Film Comment, vol. 8, 1972. 
Suggested:  11/10: Art History and American Studies: Professor Roger B. Stein 
  • David M. Lubin, Introduction: The Politics of Method, in Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America, pp. X-xvii. (C)
  • Roger B. Stein, A Portfolio: American Seascape Art, in Haskell Springer, ed., America and the Sea, pp. 146-189. (C)
  • Roger B. Stein, Packaging the Great Plains in Great Plains Quarterly, vol. 5, pp. 5-23. (C)
Suggested:  Recommended: 
  • ArtSource: Directory for Electronic Resources in Art.
  • John Berger, Ways of Seeing.
  • Ralph Henry Gabriel, The Pageant of America. (A 15 volume collection of American images.)
  • David M. Lubin, Labyrinths of Meaning in Vanderlyn's Ariadne, in Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America, pp. 1-53.
  • Christin J. Maniya, Pop Art and Consumer Culture: American Super Market.
  • Keith Moxey, Semiotics and the Social History of Art.
  • Barbara Novak, Nature and Culture : American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875.
  • Roger B. Stein, Americans and the Sea.
  • Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word.
11/17: Architectural History and American Studies: Professor Richard G. Wilson 
  • Richard Guy Wilson, et al, The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941, Ch. 1-5 (C) 
  • NOTE: The Machine Age itself is on reserve as well as xerox copies of chapters 1, 3, and 5. 

    Alan Trachtenberg, Mechanization Takes Command from The Incorporation of America. 

Suggested:  Recommended:  Suggested: 
  • John Baeder, Diners.
  • Lois A. Craig, The Federal Presence: Architecture, Politics, and Symbols in United States Government Building.
  • John A.Jakle, The Gas Station in America.
  • James Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape.
  • Alan Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol.
  • Sam Bass Warner, Jr., The Urban Wilderness.
  • Richard Guy Wilson, The Making of Virginia Architecture.
  • Richard Guy Wilson,, The Machine Age in America 1918-1941.
  • Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House.
  • ArtSource: Electronic Resources in Architecture.
  • Government/Politics HomePage.
NOTE:You should post your review of a book from the Suggestions by 11/17.   11/24:Last day of class beforeThanksgiving 

12/01:American Studies/Mass Communications: Professor John Sullivan. 

Recommended:  Suggested:  12/08: Folklife and American Studies: The Commiditization of Folk Culture. Professor Charles Perdue. 
  • Robert Cantlwell, Feasts of Unnaming, in R. Baron and N.R.Spitzer, eds., Public Folklore.
  • Stephen J. Fjellman, Conclusion:Theses on Disney from Vinyl Leaves(C)
  • Robert H. Lavenda, Festivals and the Creation of Public Culture: Whose Voice(s)? in Karp, Kreamer, and Lavine, eds. Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture. (C)
  • T. Jackson Lears, Packaging the Folk: Tradition and Amnesia in American Advertising, 1880-1940.
  • Neil Harris, Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum.
  • T. Jackson Lears, Fables of Abundance : A Cultural History of Advertising in America.
  • Charles Perdue, Weevils in the Wheat : Interviews with Virginia Ex-slaves.
12/15: Exams Begin 

NOTE: Final Project, Doing American Studies, due 12/20. 

12/22: Exams End. 

Vacation Reading:  James Burke, Connections
                           :  Collect five unique electronic resources relating to technology and American culture; post to /UG99/resource.html by 1/16/98