SUMMER 2017 Course: American Studies 101AC: The Business of American Popular Culture: Race, Ethnicity and the Birth of Consumer Society
Session A - 5/22-6/30/17 MTW 2-5, 141 McCone; Instructos: Kathleen Moran and Michael Cohen
This is a course about the way that forms of American popular culture (dime novels, spectacles, fairs, amusement parks, vaudeville, popular music, cinema) were foundational to the growth and development of consumer society. Our course will focus on the overlapping histories of African American, Native American and White (mainly working class) communities as they were represented in popular culture and used in the creation of consumer advertising and the language of persuasion. We will also discuss how people in these communities themselves produced popular culture. The course will be divided into four parts that overlap historically to build a picture of the way that regimes of representation and the practices of entertainment transformed popular culture into market commodities at the turn of the 20th century.
THIS COURSE FULFILLS THE AMERICAN STUDIES “TIME” REQUIReMENT AND THE PRE-1900 REQUIREMENT FOR AMERICAN STUDIES MAJORS. IT ALSO FULFILL THE UNIVERSITY’S AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT.
Save the Date for TWICE TOLD TALES, theUC Berkeley American Studies Spring '17 Conference!
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Women's Faculty Club at UC Berkeley
More details coming soon...
Please plan to 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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