History | Seminar in U.S. History
H750 | 3035 | Bodnar

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Above section meets with HIST H780, AMST G751, and CULS C701

This course is a seminar on the relationship between major political
movements in the United States since the 1930s and how the issues
raised by these movements were discussed and represented in American
culture and, especially, motion pictures.  Reading and discussion
will focus on major political issues involving the New Deal, World
War II and the postwar period of the fifties, the sixties and
Vietnam, race and gender, and the conservative revival.  The class
will also read and discuss materials probing the manner by which
these issues were treated by Hollywood.

Since the course is a seminar, each student will be required to write
a substantial paper with some original research.  In this instance,
the paper will have to include some analysis of film itself as well
as other materials.  Papers will be developed in discussions with the
instructor and will be in the vicinity of 20-25 pages in length.

Readings may include books like John Bodnar, The Fate of the People:
Liberalism, Democracy, and Hollywood's Working Class since 1930; Paul
Boyer, By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the
Dawn of the Atomic Age; Michael Denning, The Cultural Front: The
Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century;  Ruth
Feldstein, Motherhood in Black and White: Race and Sex in American
Liberalism;  Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the
Twentieth Century; Margot Henriksen, Dr. Strangelove's America; Dana
Poulan, Power and Paranoia: History, Narrative and the American
Cinema.  As time permits, the class will screen several films
relating to the themes discussed.  The potential list, of course, is
in the thousands.