The Immigrant City in the United States, 1880--1924|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
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 the adaptation of immigrant 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. The connections between mass immigration and the emergence of mass entertainment will be explored with special attention to the film industry and amusement parks such as Coney Island. 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 Kraut, SILENT TRAVELLERS Glenn, DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL Orsi, THE MADONNA OF 115TH STREET Jacobson, BARBARIAN VIRTUES Rozenzweig, EIGHT HOURS FOR WHAT WE WILL Selections from the fiction, journalism and autobiographical literature of the period.
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Each student will be required to submit weekly discussion questions, make a brief class presentation during the course of the semester, and submit a major research paper/project at the end of the term or write three shorter papers due at regular intervals during the term.
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Field Trip to special exhibition on Coney Island at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
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