HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 010 Americanization and British Invasion: A Transnational History of Popular Culture
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
15
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will consider the independent and interconnected evolution of popular culture in the United States and Europe from the early nineteenth century through to the present day. A large part of the course will be devoted to examining the impact of American popular culture on Europe, following such cultural forms as blackface minstrelsy, Wild West shows, jazz music and dancing, and Hollywood movies, across the Atlantic. Questions under consideration will be what it was about American popular cultural forms that so intrigued Europeans, and how popular culture influenced European imaginings of America. We will also interrogate how American popular culture may have been consumed differently beyond the national boundaries of the United States, looking at the ways in which Europeans transformed cultural forms through emulation and reception, often sending them back to America in an altered state.

Following on this notion, another major emphasis of the course will be to consider the manner in which cultural exchange has operated in both directions throughout the period under review. For example, we will look at how the American tours of European performers and celebrities, including Fanny Kemble, Jenny Lind, and Charles Dickens, helped to forge the culture of celebrity in nineteenth century America, and also cover the so-called British invasion of the 1960s, and "Beatle-mania." Moreover, in addition to examining the transnational development of popular culture, we will also question how and why it was that occasionally the path of popular culture diverged in small but meaningful ways, resulting, for example, in vaudeville on one side of the Atlantic, and Victorian music hall on the other.

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
37181
Open
8
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Sections 001-007: Meets with AMCULT 204.001-007
002 (DIS)
P
38393
Open
2
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
38395
Open
1
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
38397
Closed
0
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
38399
Closed
0
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
38401
Open
2
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
38403
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (LEC)
P
48359
Open
6
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (REC)
P
48503
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 016: Meets with AMCULT 204.016
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