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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in American Culture


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in American Culture
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Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for American Culture.


AMCULT 401. Race and Racialization in the Americas.

Section 001 Race & Racialization In The U.S. Meets with Sociology 495.005.

Instructor(s): Silvia Pedraza (spedraza@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Amer. Cult. 212 or 213, and 312. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The organization of this course on race and racialization in the United States comprises a dual focus: historical and comparative. The historical perspective is necessary to understand the difference that time and place make in shaping outcomes for particular ethnic groups. For example, Thomas Gossett's RACE: THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA shows that racism, the belief in racial superiority and inferiority, had a history and a career that it was not static, but changed over time. While the focus is on race relations in the United States, the comparative perspective serves to demonstrate that races are defined differently in different countries. For example, the children of mixed unions were always defined differently in the Caribbean than in the United States, as is shown in the work of Carl Degler, NEITHER BLACK NOR WHITE, that compares the different pattern of race relations in the U. S. and in Brazil. Those comparisons across time and across space show that races are socially constructed.

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AMCULT 421/Soc. 423. Social Stratification.

Section 001.

Prerequisites: (3).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Sociology 423.001.

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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.

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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 490/Film-Video 451. American Film Genres.

Section 001 FILM SCREENINGS TUES 7-9 P.M.

Instructor(s): Kevin S Sandler (ksandler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Junior standing. (4). Laboratory fee required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This class focuses on two American film genres that still exist today: the horror film and the teenage sex comedy. Turning to the high school as a site where contemporary notions of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, family, and nation are played out, we will examine the representational strategies of these genres using a variety of methodological and and theoretical approaches: historiographical, formal, industrial, ideological, psychoanalytic, social, and cultural. Sessions will be devoted to the patterns, styles, and structures of these two genres and how they adapt over time to the changing cultural, social, and institutional norms in American society and Hollywood production praxis. Films may include: Carrie, Halloween, Prom Night, Last House on the Left, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Disturbing Behavior, American Graffiti, Cooley High, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Last American Virgin, American Pie, and 10 Things I Hate About You.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 001 AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. (4 credits). Meets with History 397.004.

Instructor(s): Matthew J Countryman (mcountry@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 397.004.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 002 American Music and Cultural Critique. (4 credits). Meets with History 397.005

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.

This interdisciplinary senior seminar offers two converging lines of inquiry. On the one hand, we will survey some key themes in American and European critical theory and ethnomusicology regarding music as a social text and the consequences for musical performance and reception of commodification and globalization. On the other hand, we will look to some case studies on music as a social text and a forum for cultural critique in U.S. cultural and intellectual history and American Studies writing. We will encounter writings on a number of music forms including selected instances of jazz, folk music, popular music, classical music, and avant-garde or experimental music. This is an upper-level undergraduate seminar on culture and ideas; therefore, prior musical expertise is not expected.

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AMCULT 496. Social Science Approaches to American Culture.

Section 003 Music of the Pacific Islands. (3 credits). Meets with Musicology 469.001 and 569.001.

Instructor(s): Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman (akstill@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: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/musicol/469/001.nsf

The goal of this course is to gain an appreciation of the role of music an dance performance in the lives of Pacific Islanders. Music and dance in the Pacific Islands is simultaneously fetishized as exotica and subjected to stereotyped representations. Pacific Islanders themselves are still often taken, especially outside of the Pacific, as examplars of primeval natives living spiritually in nature. This course aims to explode such conceptions, by considering performance traditions as Pacific Islanders engage with them in the twenty-first century.

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AMCULT 498. Humanities Approaches to American Culture.

Section 001 Contemp Latino/a Pop Narrative. (3 credits).

Instructor(s): John Moran Gonzalez (jmgonzal@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 course will center upon Latina/o literature, music, performance and visual media produced during the 1990s. With the fastest-growing demographics of any "ethnic" group, Latina/as made some advancements into the corporate world of mass consumption to reach a national and international audience. This course will examine the tensions and gains made by Latino/a communities in this process. Topics will include: the fate of cultural nationalism in the postmodern era, the fate of both cultural productions and their producers within various institutions, the feminist critique of nationalist aesthetics, queer transformations of the Latina/o landscape, cultural hybridity in the borderlands. We'll also examine the influence of mass culture upon the work of Latina/o intellectuals and performers such as Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Michael Nava, and Soldad Santiego. Some prior knowledge of Latina/o cultural issues helpful but not required.

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AMCULT 504/Soc. 504 American Immigration: Sociological Perspectives.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Silvia Pedraza (spedraza@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Sociology 504.001.

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AMCULT 505. Seminar in Latino Studies: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Chicano Studies Research.

Section 001 LATINO/A REPRESENTATION AT THE CROSSROADS: HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS, THEORETICAL DEBATES. Meets with Film/Video 603.001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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AMCULT 520. American Literature in the Academy.

Section 001 Meets with English 526.001

Instructor(s): June M Howard (jmhoward@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What do we mean when we say "American literature"? When did people start thinking there was such a thing? What role do academies from elementary schools to graduate schools play in defining it? Has it really changed, in the past twenty years?

This course designed as an inquiry into its topic, not the presentation of a set of claims examines American literary studies as a disciplinary formation. We will consider its intellectual history, its institutional history, and its present situation. Specific concerns include: the development of colleges and universities in the United States; the cultural politics of "national" literatures and of "literature" as an object of study; the relation of American literary studies to English Departments and to American Studies and other interdisciplines such as African-American Studies and Women's Studies; and the state of the academic profession at the present moment. (When possible, we will include events such as Departmental job talks as part of our investigation.) The course will, in other words, take an interdisciplinary approach to a particular case in the production of knowledge. It should appeal especially to students studying literature in English or the cultures of the United States, but is designed to be useful to anyone interested in critical reflection on disciplinarity and the practices which produce and legitimate academic discourses.

Class meetings will proceed primarily by discussion, and students will have considerable latitude in designing their projects for the course.

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AMCULT 614/Hist. 624. Asian American History.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Through extensive readings in Asian American history, this course will survey scholarship dating from the origins of ethnic studies in the 1960s to the present. Our discussions will focus on the following questions: How does the study of Asian Americans challenges historians to rethink issues of race, class, and gender? Why and how did the original vision of Asian American Studies emphasize social history and community studies? What have Asian American historians learned from interdisciplinary approaches? How have literary theory and cultural studies influenced recent and current work? What is the future direction of the field? (Note: Students without previous coursework in Asian American history are advised to read Ronald Takaki's Strangers From a Different Shore prior to the start of class.)

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AMCULT 616/Hist. 612. Native American History.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students in this course will explore major themes in American Indian historiography including policy, gender, economy, and culture in an effort to understand past themes and future directions of American Indian history. Students will read one book a week and write short reports every other week. Books include The Middle Ground, Playing Indian, The Name of War, They Called It Prairie Light, Being Comanche, and When Indians Became Cowboys.

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AMCULT 698. American Culture in Comparative Perspectives. Permission of instructor or adviser.

Section 001 Modernity & Difference.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course builds upon the literature review and historiographical survey of the American Studies field begun in AC 697. It will investigate more intensively the epistemological assumptions, theoretical frameworks, and working methods particular to the disciplines most important to the study of American culture. The opportunities and difficulties of interdisciplinarity, especially for those in conversation with both the humanities and the social sciences, will be a running theme throughout the academic term. Limited to first year graduate students.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 001 Prosperos, Calibans, Mirandas, and Others: Race and Gender in the New World. Meets with CAAS 558.001, Institute for the Humanities 611.001, and History 698.003.

Instructor(s): Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (csmithro@umich.edu), Arlene Rosemary Keizer

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Institute for the Humanities 611.001.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 002 Race, Gender & Citizenship in the 19th Century U.S. Meets with Women's Studies 698.004 and History 698.002

Instructor(s): Hannah R Rosen (hrosen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Women's Studies 698.004.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 003 Asian Americans: PERSONALITY, IDENTITY, AND MENTAL HEALTH. Meets with Psychology 808.006.

Instructor(s): Phillip Akutsu (akutsu@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide a critical analyses of historical, sociopolitical, and cultural influences that have shaped issues of personality, identity, and mental health within the Asian American community. Topics of study in the course will include Asian American personality structures and communication styles, interracial relationships and conflict formation/resolution, intergenerational stress and family dynamics, acculturation and multicultural identity formation, and culturally imbedded stress/trauma and health and mental health helpseeking strategies.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 004 The Spaces of James Baldwin. Meets with Art and Design 509.053 and CAAS 558.003.

Instructor(s): Magdalena J Zaborowska (mzaborow@umich.edu), Coleman Austin Jordan

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See CAAS 558.003.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 005 Atlantic Studies.

Instructor(s): Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (csmithro@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/caas/TheDiaspora/atlantic.html

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 006 Doing and Teaching U.S. Women's History, 1550-1900: Primary Texts/Major Readings/Recent Theories and Technologies. Meets with History 621.002.

Instructor(s): Carol F Karlsen (ckarlsen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 621.002.

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AMCULT 699. Periods in American Culture: Literary.

Section 007 Media Culture and Society. Meets with Communication Studies 773.001

Instructor(s): Derek W Vaillant (dvail@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Communication Studies 773.001.

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AMCULT 850. Advanced Graduate Seminar in Primary Research.

Section 001.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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AMCULT 899. Special Research.

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

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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AMCULT 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

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.

Instructor(s): Colin Robert Johnson

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 Winter Academic Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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AMCULT 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

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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