Honors | 1963-74 Assassination to Impeachment - American Culture in an Age of Tumult (HON)
H204 | 28115 | Edward Gubar


TuTh 4:00-5:15pm
ME 008

John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963.  Richard Nixon left
office on August 9, 1974. Lots happened in America during this
period: the counterculture, the rise of feminism, the civil rights
movement, the Vietnam War, and the antiwar movement. We will look at
some of the significant events of this period by studying its
history and culture, mainly through works of nonfiction, journalism,
fiction, poetry, music, and film. Various short writing exercises, a
cultural biography of a year, short paper, long paper, no final.
Films on alternateThursday evenings.

Texts will likely be selected from the following:
(History & Context)
Bloom, Alexander & Breines, Wini (eds.), "Takin' it to the streets":
A Sixties Reader
Charters, Ann (editor), The Portable Sixties Reader
Gitlin, Todd, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Roszak, Theodore, The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on
the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition
Reich, Charles, The Greening of America

(Journalism & Non-fiction)
Brown, Claude, Manchild in the Promised Land
Cleaver, Eldridge, Soul on Ice
Firestone, Shulamith, The Dialectic of Sex; the Case for Feminist
Revolution
Mailer, Norman, Armies of the Night, Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Haley, Alex, Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Herr, Michael, Dispatches
Hersey, John, The Algiers Motel Incident
Wolfe, Tom, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

(Poetry & Fiction)
Atwood, Margaret, Surfacing
Doctorow, E. L., The Book of Daniel
Levertov, Denise, Relearning the Alphabet
Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye
Rich, Adrienne, Diving Into the Wreck
Roth, Philip, Portnoy’s Complaint
Vonnegut, Kurt, Mother Night

(Films)
The Graduate, Hearts and Minds, Joe, Medium Cool, Monterey Pop, et
alia.