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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in American Culture


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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AMCULT 410. Hispanics in the United States.

Section 001 Music of Hispanic Southwest.

Instructor(s): Manuel Pena

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course we will undertake a social and cultural study of the popular music of the Hispanic Southwest. We will use music as a "key" to arrive at a better understanding of both the music itself and the people who produce it. To do this, we will look at the music (and dance) of the Hispanic Southwest as artistic expression that reflects universal processes such as sociocultural continuity, change, conflict, and adaptation. Thus, after a short introduction to the basic concept of music-as-culture, we will survey antecedents of the music of the Hispanic Southwest, particularly those that originate in Mexico during the nineteenth century. We will then shift our attention to the emergence of regional forms in the Southwest, keeping in mind the crosscultural influences exerted by Greater Mexican, Latino (particularly Afro-Latino) and American musical cultures on that of the Southwest. We will explore such forms as the canción and corrido (narrative ballad), the Texas-Mexican conjunto, the Mexican American orquesta, Tejano, and the "East-L.A." sound. All of these musical developments will be studied within the framework of changes induced by such forces as immigration (and migration), ethnic resistance, acculturation, urbanization, and the emergence of class differences among Mexicans of the Southwest.

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AMCULT 410. Hispanics in the United States.

Section 002 The Anthropology of Puerto Ricans on the Island and in the Continental U.S. Meets with Anthropology 458.004.

Instructor(s): Jorge Duany

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 458.004.

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AMCULT 422. Advanced Ojibwa.

Courses in Ojibwa

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Irving N McCue

Prerequisites: Amer. Cult. 323 and permission of the American Culture Program Director. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is aimed at giving students with conversational ability in Ojibwa the opportunity to both improve their speaking and listening skills and to introduce them to Ojibwa literature, and the various dialects represented in the literature. Students will work with the original, unedited texts, as well as with edited, re-transcribed materials, and thus learn about the problems of working in a language without a standard widely accepted.

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AMCULT 423. Advanced Ojibwa.

Courses in Ojibwa

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Irving N McCue

Prerequisites: Amer. Cult. 422 and permission of the American Culture Program Director. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See American Culture 422.001.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 001 Harlem Renaissance. (3 Credits). Meets with CAAS 458.005.

Instructor(s): Paul A Anderson (paanders@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 002 American Indians & Film. (3 Credits). Meets With History 468.002.

Instructor(s): Liza E Black (lizab@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will consider films made by American Indians, the constructions of Indians in film, and the ways in which European Americans have constructed themselves in relationship to American Indians, especially in terms of cultural borrowing. We will use films and literature to explore these phenomena. In terms of film, we will use classic Westerns, comedies, and modern-day commentaries on Indians.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 003 20TH Century Writing Women of Color. (3 credits). Meets With Women's Studies 483.004.

Instructor(s): Maria E Cotera (mcotera@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In 1979 Chicana feminists Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa drafted a proposal for a book that would "express to all women especially to white middle-class women the experiences which divide us as feminists; we want to examine incidents of intolerance, prejudice, and denial of differences within the feminist movement. We intend to explore the causes and sources of, and solutions to, these divisions. We want to create a definition that expands what 'feminist' means to us." This Bridge Called My Back gave voice to a generation of Black, Latina, American Indian and Asian American feminists, who questioned the racist and classist assumptions of mainstream feminists. But what began as "a reaction to the racism of white feminists" soon evolved into a new feminist theoretical practice that sought to define the differential location of women of color within multiple and sometimes competing emancipatory discourses. In this class we will explore the connections between expressions of U.S. third world feminism in the "post-This Bridge Called My Back moment" and those evident in earlier writings by women of color. The purpose of this class is to provide students with a wide-ranging and historically-grounded overview of the ways in which women of color have defined themselves both within and against the intersecting discourses of American identity.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 004 History of Latinos in the U.S. (4 Credits). Meets with History 397.002.

Instructor(s): Maria E Montoya (mmontoya@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/history/397/002.nsf

This is a readings course that will broadly cover the experience of Latinos Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in the United States. We will look at the period from contact and conquest up until the activism of the 1970's. As we cover this broad period, we will focus on such issues as imperialism, manifest destiny, the construction of gender roles, and the formation of ethnic identities. The course will have a substantial reading load (200 pages per week) and a weekly paper assignment. This course may also be used to cover the AC312 requirement for Latino Studies concentrators.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 005 Detroit in the Era of Industrialization. (4 credits). Meets with History 396.006.

Instructor(s): Francis X Blouin Jr (fblouin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 396.006.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 006 Diasporic Cultures: Transnational Communities from the Hispanic Caribbean in the U.S.

Instructor(s): Jorge Duany

Prerequisites: (3-4). Laboratory fee required. May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Comparative analysis of the migratory experiences of Cubans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans in the United States, particularly in Miami and New York City. Examination of the migrants' historical background, settlement patterns, and socioeconomic characteristics. Discussion of the rise of transnational identities, especially as expressed in literature and music. Emphasis on the maintenance of social, cultural, and political ties between diasporic communities and their home countries.

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AMCULT 498. Humanities Approaches to American Culture.

Section 001 Dickinson & Whitman. (3 credits). Meets With English 482.002.

Instructor(s): James H Mcintosh (ihmci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 482.002.

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AMCULT 498. Humanities Approaches to American Culture.

Section 002 Pacific Literary And Cultural Studies. (4 credits). Meets With English 417.006.

Instructor(s): Susan Najita (najita@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar is designed to introduce students to the recent outpouring of literatures (poetry, fiction, drama, film) in English from the Pacific, including Hawai'i, Western Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand. We shall examine, for example, how texts by Maori authors Keri Hulme, Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, and Alan Duff engage with historical, social, political, and cultural contexts in New Zealand and how their writings interrogate previous literary, anthropological, and historical representations of Pacific peoples. In addition to becoming familiar with the historically significant moments of contact with Europeans, we will also look at how the aesthetic politics of these writers may enact a cultural decolonization even as many of these places remain colonized and neo-colonized locations. Additional authors and texts to be studied include Albert Wendt, John Dominis Holt, Gary Pak, Epeli Hau'ofa, Vilsoni Hereniko, Teresia Teaiwa, and films Once Were Warriors and The Piano. Writing requirements include several short 1-2 page response papers, a presentation, a midterm paper (5-7 pp.), and a final paper (10 pp.). As this course is a seminar, your presence and initiative in discussion is of great importance.

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AMCULT 498. Humanities Approaches to American Culture.

Section 003 Music & Dance. (3 credits). Meets with Musicology 470.001 and Musicology 570.001.

Instructor(s): Amy K Stillman (akstill@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3-4). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3-4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/musicol/470/001.nsf

This course examines relationships among music and dance as they structure each other in composition, performance, and transmission. This term case studies will be drawn from the Americas, and will include participatory social dancing, ritual dance, ballet, modern dance, and musical theater. Special attention will be given to "ethnic traditions" and how they are situated within "American" cultural discourse. There will be a course pack of readings, and assigned listening and video viewing outside of class. Course requirements will include three short essays, a midterm, and an essay final exam. One goal of this course is to explore vocabulary available for analyzing musical sound and dance movement; thus there are no prerequisites.

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AMCULT 499 / HISTART 499. The Arts in American Life.

Section 001 Detroit, A History of Art and Culture in the Motor City.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Zurier (rzurier@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Prior coursework in History of Art or American Culture or American history; and permission of instructor. (3). Rackham credit requires additional work. May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 499.001.

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AMCULT 599. Methods in American Culture.

Section 001 (Credits?)

Instructor(s): Kristin A Hass (kah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing in American Culture. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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AMCULT 601. Topics in American Studies.

Section 001 Theoriz&PracticLocal/GlobSplit

Instructor(s): Vicente Diaz

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This graduate seminar relies on case studies from the American Pacific islands and from contributions from seminar participants to examine themes and tensions between the processes of localization and globalization. Such processes include political, economic, cultural and social changes and transformations within select communities entangled in the American experience, but also involve issues of theorization and analyses such as raised in cultural studies and the critique of postcolonialism, class, race, sexuality, and gender.

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AMCULT 685 / HISTORY 685. Studies in American Intellectual History.

Section 001 Darwin Marx&James: Theory/Polit

Instructor(s): Richard Candida Smith (candidas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; upperclassmen with permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 685.001.

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AMCULT 686 / HISTORY 686. Studies in American Cultural History.

Section 001 Popular & Mass Culture

Instructor(s): Philip J Deloria

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 686.001.

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AMCULT 697. Approaches to American Culture.

Section 001 American Culture Grad Students Only.

Instructor(s): Alan M Wald (awald@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; upperclassmen with permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This weekly seminar is designed to explore central methodological approaches to the study of cultures in the US. Our unifying theme is "Urban Culture, Resistance, and Social Movements in the Mid-20th Century US," which should be understood as a locus of concern in relation to our readings but not as a restrictive blinder for our discussion and perspectives. Three of our abiding preoccupations throughout the academic term will be the reciprocity among theory, primary research, and agency.

The entire group of concerns will be brought together in the documentary film viewed at our first session, Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999). Robeson-an athlete, film star, singer, scholar, and Shakespearean actor became a spokesperson for the left-wing urban movements of Black liberation and labor in the mid-20th century. His career spans the primary decades on which this course will center; his activities include many of the cultural sites we will explore; and his impact and fate are connected with historical forces, state intervention, as well as personal choices.

In addition to theoretically informed studies, such as Michael Denning's The Cultural Front and/or George Lipsitz" Rainbow at Midnight the seminar also includes a strong component of films that are either outright documentaries or that employ documentary techniques. Further, the city of Detroit plays the central role in several of our sessions, and we will take advantage of the "Detroit Theme Semester" that will be in progress Fall academic term.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 001 Cinema of Immigration and Exile. Meets With Film-Video 603.001 and Spanish 855.001

Instructor(s): Catherine L Benamou (cbenamou@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Film and Video Studies 603.001.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 003 Racial Geographies. Meets with History 698.001.

Instructor(s): Scott T Kurashige (kurashig@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This interdisciplinary readings course is designed especially for students seeking to deepen their theoretical understanding of race as a social construction. As the issues of globalization, transnationalism, and ecology have become central to intellectual inquiry, it behooves scholars of race to investigate the means by which "place" and "space" can be integrated into their consciousness and their studies. First, we will examine several works which challenge scholars of race and ethnicity to pose deeper questions of politics and philosophy that transcend concerns with identity, subjectivity, and discrimination. Second, we will read works drawn from African American, Asian American and Latino Studies which provide examples of studies integrating analyses of race, place, and space. Third, we will survey ambitious works which attempt to make sense of globalization and the new conditions of life, work, and struggle in the twenty-first century. Readings will draw upon a range of fields including history, geography, sociology, urban planning, and cultural studies and will include writings by authors such as Samir Amin, Immanuel Wallerstein, Arif Dirlik, Paul Gilroy, Cynthia Enloe, David Hrvey, Manuel Castells, Peter Kwong, Clyde Woods, Laura Pulido, Doreen Massey, Adolph Reed, A. Sivanandan, C.L.R. James, and Mike Davis.

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AMCULT 850. Advanced Graduate Seminar in Primary Research.

Section 001 (Credits?)

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Should be taken as early as possible in the student's dissertation work. Student's may enroll in it at any point after advancement to candidacy, although it will ordinarily be taken immediately after the field examinations have been completed. This course will be designed to support students in getting their dissertations under way. However, some students may frame a dissertation topic early and wish to begin working on it before taking the field examinations; therefore, the course will ensure that it is also useful to students who are further along with their work. The class will include basic questions about research methods, collective critique of work in draft, discussion of ethics of scholarship and academic life, practical information about submitting papers for conferences and articles for publication, and visits from Program faculty from a variety of fields to discuss professional issues.

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AMCULT 899. Special Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

It is expected that each student will do substantial work in more than one discipline and that the course of study will delineate appropriate research skills to be acquired and theoretical concerns to be explored An American Culture graduate student will be required to complete an introductory research seminar in the student's field of interest. The option of satisfying this requirement in American Culture 699 or 899 is available for those students who do not have another appropriate seminar that fits their interests.

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AMCULT 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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AMCULT 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

American Culture G S I Only.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: GSTA award. Graduate Standing. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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AMCULT 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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