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The Formation of American Culture, 1929-present (HI2A8)

Convenor: Prof. J. E. SmythLink opens in a new window

Lectures: TBA

Seminars: TBA

Office hours: TBA

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This module explores the history of the United States (1929-present) through the rise of the culture industries; the production, censorship, and consumption of literature, theatre, music, photography, film, television, fashion, and advertising; and the ways in which individuals have sought to resist or reformulate dominate national discourses through cultural production.

Students learn not only about the history and theory of culture, national identity, and "post-modernism" in America, but also about the ways in which cultural history is developed, contested, and reconstructed via gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

Usually this 15-CAT module runs in the spring term, following the 15-CAT part one component of this module HI282.

Assessment (15 CATS module)

50% 3,000-word essay

20% 1000-word source reflection

20% seminar presentation

10% class participation