Fordham University: Approaches to American Studies, Fall 2012
Approaches to American Studies---AMST-3010---Fall 2012
Glenn Hendler, Instructor
An introduction to the interdisciplinary perspectives and methods of American studies, required of all American Studies majors, and typically taken in the junior year. In this course, students will gain: • Knowledge about the history of American studies as an interdisciplinary movement—its major schools of thought, some of its influential figures, recent and emergent developments, and the conflicts and controversies that have animated work in the field; • Understanding of several of the methodologies American studies scholars use to analyze American culture; • Awareness of some of the major theories that influence and underpin American studies scholarship. In the end, students will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary both for informed, rigorous reading of current publications in the field and for the production of original research of their own in future classes, including (for majors) the senior thesis This year, the course is organized around a theme that was the subject of the September 2011 issue of American Quarterly: sound. Sound studies is a new rubric within American studies, but the field has long been interested in studying the sensory experiences of everyday life, music popular and otherwise, and technologies that produce and reproduce sound. Over the course of the semester we will trace the history of American studies scholars’ engagement with sound, explore the methodological and theoretical tools they have deployed in their analyses, assess the value of various keywords they have used to interpret sound in the United States, and accumulate an archive of primary sources—texts, sites, events, figures, and objects—that help us ask new questions about American culture.
Follow this link to collect and discuss usages of the keyword body:
Write, edit, and discuss the keyword essay on body by clicking on this link:
Follow this link to collect and discuss usages of the keyword culture:
Write, edit, and discuss the keyword essay on culture by clicking on this link:
Follow this link to collect and discuss usages of the keyword public:
Write, edit, and discuss the keyword essay on public by clicking on this link:
Follow this link to collect and discuss usages of the keyword race:
Write, edit, and discuss the keyword essay on race by clicking on this link:
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Students: Students enrolled in this class need to create an account, and then email me your user name so I can give you privileges to edit and create pages. I recommend choosing a name that I can recognize, but remember that anyone in the world can access this site, so it would be best not to use your first and last name. If I were a student, I'd be "GlennH." Please note: You can only modify pages once I have activated your account.
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