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Fall 2018

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American Studies 101 The Teen Age
  • MW 10-12
  • C. Palmer
  • 131 Campbell
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 24246

This course explores both the invention of the teenager and the significance of teen culture in the United States after the Second World War.  Among the topics addressed in the course will be identity, age-sets, social networks and high school hierarchy, juvenile delinquency, the concept of cool, consumerism, representation, and teen idols.  We will examine a variety of teen texts drawn from film, television, music, narrative and graphic fiction, and social engineering textbooks.  Our task in this class is to figure out how people have represented and responded to teenagers in the United States.  How has the American teenager been understood and commercialized?  What has been the cultural impact of the American teenager?  How do people explain social fascination with high school, the senior prom, adolescent angst, teen fashions, and youth culture?  What metaphors have been most often attached to the teenager in the United States?  How does American adolescence prescribe as well as challenge American adulthood?  How has the American teenager been made exciting, appealing, dangerous, or everyday?  By studying the experiences, culture, and representation of American teenagers, and the cultural forms created for them and by them, we will consider specific moments of meaning-making and the long-term development of generational discourse.

American Studies 101 The Birth of Consumer Society
  • MW 4-6
  • K. Moran
  • 106 Etcheverry
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 20444

This course will examine the period beginning in the 1880’s until WWI when “modern consumer society” emerged in the US. We will also engage the theoretical debate about the usefulness of the concept of consumerism to our understanding of modernization and modernism. Our topics will include the turn of the century world’s fairs, shopping and the rise of department stores, the emergence of mass-market catalogues and magazines and the nature of modern visual culture. Throughout the course we will examine the way advertising reflected and constructed ideas about citizenship, gender and race norms, and generational transformation in our period. 

History of Art 190 G Course Number TBA - The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents
  • TTh 12:30 - 2:00
  • M. Lovell
  • 106 Moffitt
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 32602
Section 101 Th 3-4, 104Moffitt
Section 102 Th 4-5, 104 Moffitt
Section 103 Th 5-6, 104 Moffitt

This course considers the linked arts of the United States, England, and France in the period between 1865 and 1918 looking at specific case study artists, structures, social movements, and literary works. We will focus on the arts and institutions endorsed by the wealthy and, equally, works of art and literature designed to critique and correct the architecture, manners, and activities of the era's transatlantic elite.