AJ57014 Topics in American Culture: Cultural Politics and Political Cultures of the United States

Filozofická fakulta
podzim 2019
Rozsah
0/2/0. 7 kr. (plus 3 za zk). Ukončení: zk.
Vyučující
Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D. (přednášející)
Garance
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Katedra anglistiky a amerikanistiky - Filozofická fakulta
Kontaktní osoba: Tomáš Hanzálek
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra anglistiky a amerikanistiky - Filozofická fakulta
Rozvrh
Pá 9:00–10:40 G31
Omezení zápisu do předmětu
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Předmět si smí zapsat nejvýše 4 stud.
Momentální stav registrace a zápisu: zapsáno: 4/4, pouze zareg.: 0/4
Mateřské obory
Cíle předmětu
This course examines various events and episodes in the interaction between culture and politics in America. Likely topics include the origins and emergence of distinctive regional cultures; the political orientations and conflicts associated with these; neoclassical influences on the American Founding; the “Lost Cause” and other mythologies of the American South; shifts and transfers of cultural authority among various cultural “capitals” (Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas); ethnic cultures, their artistic expressions and their influences on the mainstream; the reception and differing uses of Shakespeare in America; attempts to define and mark distinctions between “highbrow,” “lowbrow” and “middlebrow” cultural styles; challenges to prevailing cultural authority in the works of various artists and artistic movements; and the conflicts and “moral panics” brought on by the rise of popular and mass media (the “penny press,” movies, advertising, television, rock music, the internet, etc.).
Výstupy z učení
Students will be able to locate current events and controversies in America within a longer history of such controversies, and to analyze them in terms of regional differences and underlying cultural and political dynamics.
Osnova
  • (NOTE: This is the previous syllabus, from a term when classes met only every other week. It will be subject to revision for Autumn 2019.)
  • WEEK 1: Course introduction: culture, politics, and "cultural politics"
  • WEEK 2: NEOCLASSICISM, THE AMERICAN "RENAISSANCE," AND THE QUEST FOR A NATIONAL CULTURAL IDENTITY
  • Read: Goetzmann, Beyond the Revolution, chapter 12; Freneau, The Rising Glory of America; Whitman, Democratic Vistas, excerpts indicated
  • WEEK 3: CULTURAL REGIONS, THE SOUTH, AND SOUTHERN MYTHMAKING
  • Read: Cobb, Away Down South, excerpts indicated; Bogle, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks, chapter 1; Robinson, Regimes of Race, chapter 3; Woodard, The Real U.S. Map
  • WEEK 4: CULTURAL HIERARCHIES AND TERMS OF VALUE
  • Read: Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow, excerpts indicated; Scruton, A Fine Line Between Art and Kitsch; Macdonald, Masscult and Midcult, excerpts indicated; Harkin, Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon, introduction; Postman, The Medium is the Metaphor; Wilson, Betrayal of the Future, excerpts indicated; Wolin, Site of Catastrophe, excerpts indicated
  • WEEK 5: CULTURAL MAINSTREAMS, MINORITIES, AND COUNTERCULTURES (I): THE NEW AESTHETICS
  • Read: Kiber, Censoring Racial Ridicule, excerpts indicated; Finklestein, Jewish Comedy Stars, excerpts indicated; Leibovitz, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Mailer, The White Negro, excerpts indicated; Ford, Hip Sensibility in the Age of Mass Counterculture, excerpts indicated; Sontag, Notes on Camp; Frum, Halloween and Gay Culture; Sirius, Counterculture Through the Ages, excerpts indicated; Berman, Two Utopias, excerpts indicated
  • View: "Hair"
  • WEEK 5: CULTURAL MAINSTREAMS, MINORITIES, AND COUNTERCULTURES (II): MORAL PANICS AND "CULTURE WARS" Read: Hochschild, When Dissent Became Treason; Doherty, Homosexuality, Anticommunism, and TV; selected readings on movies and censorship; selected readings on rock music and "anti-rock"; selected readings on smartphones; selected readings on "the culture wars"
Výukové metody
Lecture / discussion, readings, film and video viewings.
Metody hodnocení
to be announced
Vyučovací jazyk
Angličtina
Informace učitele
http://tinyurl.com/CulturalPoliticsUS
All assigned readings and film/video viewings will be posted at that web address.
Další komentáře
Předmět je vyučován jednou za dva roky.
This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
Předmět je zařazen také v obdobích podzim 2017.
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