SAKS004 North American Cultural Geographies

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Pospíšil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Pospíšil, Ph.D.
Center for North American Studies - Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Center for North American Studies - Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable
Mon 16:00–17:40 G32
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! AJ27073 NA Cultural Geographies
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/18, only registered: 10/18, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 5/18
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Historical survey of the origins and evolution of the English-speaking cultural regions of North America, including: settlement patterns and sources of regional diversity; immigration and ethnic subcultures; industrialization, urbanization and suburbanization; the development and geographical distribution of contemporary political cultures and identities; and the geographical dimensions of contemporary political and cultural conflicts.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to present and explain key concepts of cultural geography and apply them to specific cultural regions of North America. They will be able to analyze contemporary developments in cultural-geographical terms, and will be prepared for further studies dealing with historical, cultural and political topics involving the North American Anglosphere.
Syllabus
  • (Subject to change and updates. Some class meetings will include student presentations, which could affect the order of weekly topics. Check the Google Drive weekly course folders one week in advance of a given class for the final selection of assignments for that class.)
  • WEEK 1 (17 February): Course introduction; political nations and states vs. cultural regions
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  • WEEK 2 (24 February): ENVISIONING THE LANDSCAPE; EARLY SETTLEMENT AND CULTURAL "HEARTHS" (17th - 18th centuries)
  • Read:
  • > Sanford, "The Quest for Paradise," selections posted
  • > Joseph Mede's letter on American settlement, 1634
  • > Fischer, Albion's Seed, Introduction
  • > Woodard, American Nations, Introduction
  • BEGIN reading Woodard, "common chapters," as assigned (due: Week 6)
  • BEGIN PREPARING class presentations on individually assigned topics
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  • WEEK 3 (2 March): INDEPENDENCE, EXPANSION, THE FRONTIER (18th - 19th centuries)
  • Read:
  • > Axtell, "Colonial America Without the Indians"
  • > Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," selections posted
  • > Mondi, "Connected & Unified? A More Critical Look at Turner's America"
  • > Smith, Virgin Land, selections posted
  • > Bryant, "The Prairies"
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  • WEEK 4 (9 March): INDUSTRIAL GROWTH AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE (19th century)
  • Read:
  • > Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19
  • > Coxe, A View of America, selections posted
  • > Hawthorne, Sleepy Hollow journal entry
  • > Thoreau, Walden, selections posted
  • > Whitman, "Democratic Vistas" and other selections posted
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  • WEEK 5 (16 March): SOUTHERN EXCEPTIONALISM AND THE MAKING OF AFRICAN AMERICA (19th - 20th centuries)
  • Read:
  • > Cobb, Away Down South, selections posted
  • > Berlin, The Making of African America, chapter 1
  • > Nikole Hannah-Jones et. al., introductions to “The 1619 Project,” selections posted
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  • WEEK 6 (23 March): TBA
  • > Read: Woodard, "common chapters," as assigned
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  • WEEK 7 (6 April): INDUSTRIALIZATION, IMMIGRATION, ETHNIC CHANGE (19th - 20th centuries)
  • Read:
  • > Gerber, American Immigration, selections posted
  • > Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness, selections posted
  • > Horsman, Race & Manifest Destiny, selections posted
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  • WEEK 8 (13 April): READING WEEK | No class meeting
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  • WEEK 9 (20 April): MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (20th century)
  • Read:
  • > Lind, The Next American Nation, selections posted
  • > King, "America's Post-Multiculturalist Settlement"
  • > Berlin, The Making of African America, Epilogue
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  • WEEK 10 (27 April): TBA
  • > “The 1619 Project,” selections posted, and others TBA
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  • WEEK 11 (4 May): SUBURBANIZATION, "SPRAWL," AND THE SUNBELT (20th century)
  • Read:
  • > Beauregard, Identity and Urbanity, selections posted
  • > Cullen, The Dream of Home Ownership, excerpt indicated
  • > Fishman, "Urbanity vs. Suburbanity: France vs. the US"
  • > Russell, "On the Embattled 'Burbs"
  • > Gutfreund, 20th-Century Sprawl, selections posted
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  • WEEK 12 (11 May): DEINDUSTRIALIZATION, NEW MIGRATIONS, AND THE POLITICS OF RED, BLUE AND WHITE (20th - 21st centuries)
  • Read:
  • > Gunn, "How to Save Coal Country"
  • > Poppers, "The Great Plains: From Dust to Dust"
  • > Rees, "Buffalo Commons: Responses to a Radical Vision"
  • > Wolin, "Site of Catastrophe," selections posted
  • > Fischer and Woodard, Conclusions
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  • WEEK 13 (18 May): TBA
Literature
    required literature
  • Timothy L Hall, Religion in America. New York: American Experience / Facts on File, 2007.
  • Colin Woodard, American nations: a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of North America. New York: Viking, 2011.
  • BERLIN, Ira. The making of African America : the four great migrations. New York: Viking, 2010. 304 s. ISBN 9780670021376. info
    recommended literature
  • Warren A Beck; Ynez D Haase, Historical atlas of the American West. University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.
  • Michael Lind, The next American nation: the new nationalism and the fourth American revolution. Free Press, 1995.
  • Jonathan Halperin Earle, The Routledge atlas of African American history. Routledge, 2000.
  • The Settling of North America: the atlas of the great migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the present. Macmillan, ©1995.
  • FISCHER, David Hackett. Albion's seed : four British folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. xxi, 946. ISBN 0195037944. info
    not specified
  • Thomas Frank, What's the matter with Kansas?: How conservatives won the heart of America. Metropolitan Books, 2004.
  • Desmond King, The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation. Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Stephen A Flanders, Atlas of American migration. Facts on File, 1998.
  • Owen D. Gutfreund, Twentieth century sprawl: highways and the reshaping of the American Landscape. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Robert Fishman, Bourgeois utopias: the rise and fall of suburbia. Basic Books, 1987.
  • H.B. Cavalcanti, Gloryland: Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation. Praeger, 2007.
  • Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish became White. Routledge, 1995.
  • William S Saunders, Sprawl and suburbia: a Harvard design magazine reader. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2005.
  • James C. Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity. Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • John Miller, Egotopia: Narcissism and the New American Landscape. University of Alabama Press, 1997.
  • David R. Roediger, The wages of whiteness: race and the making of the American working class. Verso, 1991.
  • James Axtell, After Columbus: Essays in the ethnohistory of colonial North America. Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Jim Cullen, The American dream: a short history of an idea that shaped a nation. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Byron E. Shafer and Richard Johnston, The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, race, and partisan change in the postwar South. Harvard University Press, 2009.
  • Michael Lind, Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern takeover of American politics. Basic Books, 2003.
Teaching methods
Readings, lectures, discussions, presentations
Assessment methods
One in-class presentation / report, 15%; attendance and participation, 5%; final exam, 80%. (The "re-sit" will be a written assignment.)
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
https://tinyurl.com/CulturalGeographies
Instructor-provided assignments and course materials will be available in online folders at that web address.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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