The Immigrant City in the United States, 1880-1924|
Spring 2010 not offered
AMST 328, FGSS 328|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
The formation-in the wake of massive immigration-of ethnic cultural enclaves in U.S. cities played a decisive role in shaping both literal and figurative cityscapes in the years that American culture made the transition to modernity. This seminar examines both the adaptation of traditional cultures to the urban context and the collision of these cultures with the dominant WASP ideology shared by reformers, politicians, literati, and nativists alike. Particular attention will be paid to the ways ethnic and religious differences modulated class and gender systems. Paintings, photographs, architecture, and film will supplement written sources.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CBST-MN)(FGSS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Bodnar, THE TRANSPLANTED Kasson, AMUSING THE MILLION Yans-McLaughlin, IMMIGRATION RECONSIDERED Kraut, SILENT TRAVELLERS Glenn, DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL Orsi, THE MADONNA OF 115TH STREET Jacobson, SPECIAL SORROWS Rozenzweig, EIGHT HOURS FOR WHAT WE WILL Yung, UNBOUND FEET Selections from the fiction, journalism and autobiographical literature of the period.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each student will be required to keep a journal, to make a brief class presentation during the course of the semester and to submit a major research paper/project at the end of the term or write three shorter papers due at regular intervals during the term.