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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AMST 1101 - Introduction to American Studies


(HB) (CA-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

M. P. Brady

This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary considerations of American culture. Specific topics may change from year to year and may include questions of national consensus versus native, immigrant and racial subcultures and countercultures; industrialization and the struggles over labor; the rise of leisure; the transformation of (the frequently gendered) public and private spheres; the relationship between politics and culture; the development and distinctions among consumer culture, mass culture and popular culture. These themes will be examined through a variety of media, such as literature, historical writing, music, art, film, architecture, etc. The course will also give attention to the many methods through which scholars have, over time, developed the discipline of American Studies.



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