AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 005 Mass Culture
Term: WN 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
4
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course is designed as an intensive historical survey of U.S. mass culture over the past two centuries. We will begin the semester with the very first “cultural industries” of the 1830s and 40s (e.g., P.T. Barnum’s traveling exhibitions and blackface minstrel shows), and then follow the expansion and evolution of U.S. commercial entertainment through the dawn of electronic media and globalization. Weekly topics may include the reinvention, commodification, and distribution of pre-industrial vernacular forms; the rise of corporate structures and syndication; the consolidation of new publics; the mechanics of promotion; the politics of production and consumption; and the manifold impacts of U.S. mass culture, both at home and abroad. Our scope will be deliberately broad and comparative, cutting across museum exhibitions, theater, dance, literature, film, radio, television, and the internet. We will also make extensive use of 19th- and 20th-century primary source materials (playbills, newspaper reviews, trade periodicals, music and video clips) in order to gauge the shifting meanings of mass culture according to historical context.

Lecture/discussion format. Graded assignments will include a midterm, final, and multiple short papers. Some prior coursework in modern U.S. history is highly recommended. Weekly reading assignments will typically run from 100-200 pp.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
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ISBN: 0252072952
The colossal P.T. Barnum reader : nothing else like it in the universe, Author: Phineas T. Barnum ; edited by, Publisher: University of Illinois Press 2005
Required
ISBN: 0807843164
Horrible prettiness : burlesque and American culture, Author: Robert C. Allen., Publisher: University of North Carolina P 1991
Required
ISBN: 0807853992
The circus age : culture and society under the American big top, Author: Janet M. Davis., Publisher: University of North Carolina P 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780691024646
Working-class hollywood : SILENT FILM AND THE SHAPING OF CLASS IN AMERICA., Author: Ross, Steven J., 1949-, Publisher: Princeton Univ Press 1999
Required
ISBN: 0816644233
Listening in : radio and the American imagination, Author: Susan J. Douglas., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 1st Univer 2004
Required
ISBN: 0312425791
Can't stop, won't stop : a history of the hip-hop generation, Author: Jeff Chang ; introduction by D, Publisher: Picador 1st Picado 2005
Required
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