Course Schedule

LINKS ARE PROVIDED TO BOOK CHAPTERS ON RESERVES, BUT THEY CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED FROM THE COURSE RESERVES PAGE

JOURNAL ARTICLES MUST BE ACCESSED INDIVIDUALLY THROUGH THE E-JOURNALS PAGE

 

January 25 – What is American Cultural History?

  • Daniel Wickberg, “What is the History of Sensibilities? On Cultural Histories, Old and New” American Historical Review 112 (June 2007).

Assignment: Consider the following as two of your five discussion questions, and then come up with three of your own:
1) What approach does each of these readings take to defining American Cultural History?
2) Which approach you agree with the most and why?
Please be prepared to share your ideas in class when we meet for the first time on Jan. 25.

February 1 – Not Archaeology, But Re-telling: Historicizing Identities

  • Lawrence Levine, Black Culture, Black Consciousness
  • Robin D.G. Kelley, “Notes on Deconstructing the ‘Folk'” American Historical Review 97 (Dec. 1992): 1400-1408.

February 8 – Gender and Culture

  • Ann Douglas, The Feminization of American Culture
  • Joan Wallach Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” American Historical Review 91 (Dec. 1986): 1053-1075.
  • Gail Bederman, “Remaking Manhood Through Race and ‘Civilization,'” chap. 1 of Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).  (E-BOOK, SEE RESERVES PAGE)

February 15 – Constructing and Deconstructing Race

  • Barbara Jean Fields, “Slavery, Race, and Ideology in the United States of America,” New Left Review 1/181 (May-June 1990).
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Illusions of Race,” chap. 2 of In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992), 28-46.
  • Gail Bederman, “‘The White Man’s Civilization on Trial’: Ida B. Wells’ Antilynching Campaign,” chap. 2 of Bederman, Manliness and Civilization. (E-BOOK, SEE RESERVES PAGE)

February 22 – Whiteness and White Ethnicity

  • David Roediger, Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Become White (New York: Basic Books, 2005).
  • Eric L. Goldstein, The Unstable Other: Locating the Jew in Progressive-Era American Racial Discourse,” American Jewish History 89 (2002): 383-409.
  • Eric Arneson et al., “Scholarly Controversy: Whiteness and the Historians’ Imagination,” International Labor and Working-Class History 60 (Fall 2001).

March 1 – Reading and Print Culture

March 8 – The Culture of Work and Leisure

  • Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements.

March 15 – NO CLASS (SPRING BREAK)

March 22 – Consumerism and Cultural Hegemony

  • Lizabeth Cohen, “Encountering Mass Culture,” in Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 99-158.

March 29 – Theorizing Popular Culture

  • George Lipsitz, Time Passages.

April 5 – NO CLASS (PROF. GOLDSTEIN IS AWAY)

April 12 – Cultural Hierarchy

  • Lawrence Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow.

April 19 – Reading Landscapes and the Built Environment

  • Rhys Isaac, The Transformation of Virginia, 5-114.


April 26 – Religion and Culture

  • Robert Orsi, Madonna of 115th Street.
  • David Chidester, “The Church of Baseball, The Fetish of Coca-Cola, and the Potlach of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Journal of the American Academy of Religions 64 (Fall 1996): 743-65.

FINAL PAPERS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 11 at MIDNIGHT. SEND THEM ELECTRONICALLY TO ME AT egoldst [at] emory [dot] edu

 

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