History | Seminar in Cultural History
H780 | 3037 | Bodnar
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Above section meets with HIST H750, AMST G751, AND CULS C701
TOPIC: AMERICA SINCE 1930: POLITICS, CULTURE AND FILM
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.