THIS COURSE SATISFIES THE TIME AND PRE-1900 MAJOR REQUIREMENTS. IT ALSO SATISIFES THE AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT.
From early bestsellers like Benjamin Frankins's Way of Wealth to contemporary albums lkke Beyonce's Lemonade, American popular culture is filled with depictions of people making, flaunting, and telling others how to make money. This course examines the history of this pop culture phenomenon and the ideal of the self-made man it generated. We'll look at how figures from P.T. Barnum in the 19th century to film makers and rappers in the 21st have helped shape this pop culture -- and made money in the process.
Save the Date for theUC Berkeley American Studies Spring '16 Conference!
Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Women's Faculty Club at UC Berkeley
9:30-10am Coffee reception
10-12pm Morning session
12-2 pm Lunch break
2-4 pm Afternoon session
4-6 pm Wine and cheese reception
More details coming soon...
Please join us! Especially if you are planning to go to graduate school this will be a great opportunity.
Director : Mark Brilliant
The Interdisciplinary American Studies program takes as its subject the cultures that have developed in what is now the United States, understanding "American culture" as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas. It considers technology, economy, urbanism, and ecology, as well as literature, the arts, and political and geographic history. American Studies takes a particular interest in cultural hybridity, cultural layering, and in American culture exported abroad.
The goal of the Interdisciplinary American Studies program is to utilize the enormous and varied resources of the institution to teach students how to ask and answer scholarly questions, to formulate and undertake a focused interdisciplinary course of study, and to design and execute a substantial integrative research project. In doing this, we build upon several generations of scholars across disciplines who have advocated the critical study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and mass culture, as well as the examination of America as part of an increasingly globalized world. Read More
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