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Summer 2017

Introductory Courses

American Studies 10 American Narratives, American Identity
  • MTWTh 2-4 pm
  • Shannon Steen
  • 250 LeConte
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 15766

Satisifes Social and Behavioral Sciences and Historical Studies L&S Breadth Requirements

Summer Session D, 7/3/2017 -  8/11/2017  Americans have a variety of stories they tell about themselves.  In this class, we will take three of these narratives and see how they are represented in popular culture. We will look at how Americans use film, music, advertising, political cartoons, clothing and costuming, and electoral campaigns to think about who we have been, who we are, and who we would like to be in the future.  What ideas are contained in these stories?  And what are the implications for how we think about who we are? Possible narratives include: the Melting Pot, the American Dream, and the Rugged Individual.  

 

Time Courses

American Studies 101 AC The Business of American Popular Culture: Race, Class,Ethnicity and the Birth of Consumer Society
  • MTW 2-5
  • K. Moran, M. Cohen
  • 141 McCone
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 15204
Summer '17 Session A (5/22 - 6/30/17)
 
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 SATISFIES THE AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT AND THE TIME AND PRE-1900 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR. IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS AN AREA COURSE FOR AS MAJORS DOING POPULAR CULTURE AND BUSINESS-RELATED AREAS OF CONCENTRATION**

 

 

Pre-1900 Historical Requirement

American Studies 101 AC The Business of American Popular Culture: Race, Class,Ethnicity and the Birth of Consumer Society
  • MTW 2-5
  • K. Moran, M. Cohen
  • 141 McCone
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 15204
Summer '17 Session A (5/22 - 6/30/17)
 
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 SATISFIES THE AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT AND THE TIME AND PRE-1900 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR. IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS AN AREA COURSE FOR AS MAJORS DOING POPULAR CULTURE AND BUSINESS-RELATED AREAS OF CONCENTRATION**