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ASCP. 81000 - Introduction to American Studies  GC:  W, 6:30-8:30p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Humphries, [28634] Cross listed with MALS 73100.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary methodologies of American Studies, this course will look at diverse groupings of texts that enact, represent, and interrogate American cultures and values and how they are formulated, understood, and contested.

Among the authors that enact or address these issues directly, we will consider Crèvecoeur, Jefferson, de Tocqueville, Emerson, Douglass, Adams, and other more recent commentators, such as Janice Radway; among authors that represent American culture and values, we will look at works by Hawthorne, Cather, Hurston, Mailer, and Alice Walker; among texts that reflect on how culture and values are assessed, we will look at seminal works, such as those by Charles Beard, Leo Marx, and F.O Matthiessen, as well as more recent studies, such as Susan Hegeman’s Patterns for America:  Modernism and the Concept of Culture and The Cultural Return and Siobhan B. Somerville’s Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture.

In defining culture and how the term is “valued” in American studies today, we also consider its appeal and limits.  One way to do this – and to incorporate more popular culture and multimedia texts – is to focus on the idea of “an American Icon,” an individual who is said to encapsulate a certain era or set of values, and we will have short units on such figures as Billy the Kid, Annie Oakley, Lucille Ball, and Jimi Hendrix.   

ASCP. 81500  - Encountering Cuba  GC:  T, 11:45a.m.-1:45p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Profs. Chuh & Fernandes, [28633] Cross listed with SOC 84501.

Cuba has long loomed large in the U.S. imagination, whether by virtue of its refusal to embrace capitalism, the richness of its literary and musical traditions, the persistence of Fidel Castro's leadership, its proximity to the US coastal state of Florida and the migrants, exiles, and refugees who crossed the Florida Straits, and, now, because of the changing relations between the two countries.

This team-taught, interdisciplinary course offers the opportunity to consider how ideas of Cuba and "Cubanness" take shape through literary and other aesthetic modes of expression, and to examine the ways in which such ideas are grounded in or depart from the everyday lives and political and cultural practices characterizing life in Cuba.

What understandings of Cuba emerge by understanding it as a key site in the long histories of capital-driven migrations? How might racial formation be theorized through this space characterized by multiple forms of racialization, colonial histories, and ex-colonial nationalism? In what ways does Cuba exemplify and generate Caribbean and Latin American epistemologies, and what remains distinctive "about" Cuba and Cubanness?

We will address such questions by studying the literature, film, history, sociology, and political theory, that help us encounter Cuba from multiple points of entry. Students should expect to contribute regularly to this discussion-based seminar, and to submit several writing assignments as the formal requirements of the course.

ASCP. 82000  - Practical Criticism  GC:  M, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Marcus, [28635] Cross listed with MALS 78500 & IDS 81650

With a grounding in critical classics (Herman Melville, D. H. Lawrence, Constance Rourke), this seminar focuses on criticism actually practiced by people writing regularly about popular or everyday culture—movies, music, restaurants, books, political speech, the media (including Pauline Kael, Manny Farber, Dave Hickey, A. O. Scott, Sarah Vowell, Edmund Wilson, Lester Bangs)—and moves into imaginative, even fictional criticism, where the limits of what criticism might be are tested if not torn up altogether (Geoff Dyer, David Thomson).

The course will take up criticism as a vocation—with the premise that intellectual engagement with culture constitutes a form of discourse that leads people to achieve both a sense of history and a sense of the peculiarity of their own time and place. At the same time, practical criticism—most often addressing cultural artifacts or events that people actually care about, but which are presumed even by their enthusiasts to be of transitory significance at best and, much of the time, no significance at all—raises questions of inventing a language, creating a career, identifying an audience, and discovering the possibilities and limits of a shared sensibility as intensely as anything else in the domain of contemporary writing.

“Criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply—just because you must use everything you are and everything you know,” Pauline Kael wrote in 1963. That is a manifesto about democratic speech, and it can contain both Melville’s 1850 call for a national literature in “Hawthorne and His Mosses” and serial killer Patrick Bateman’s schizophrenic but pitch-perfect critical monologues on the most banal varieties of 1980s rock in the 2000 film version of American Psycho.

Extensive reading with short papers at least every other class. With class visits by writers whose work is part of the course.  

The following courses are equivalent to ASCP 81500 - Themes in American Culture (Course descriptions available on the individual programs’ websites)

ANTH    77900   African American English   [ 28926]  W,   4:15-6:15p.  Spears, Arthur  
ANTH    71800  Anthropology of Religion [28922] Th, 2:00-4:00p.    Elisha, Omri    
ANTH    81000  Life Histories Self and Other [28932]  W, 2:00-4:00p. Crapanzano, Vincent   
ANTH    71500   Politics of Reproduction [28921]  Tu,  2:00-4:00p.   Davis, Dana    

ART     89600    Documentary/Non-Fiction Film [28575] M,  4:15-8:15p.  Tsika, Noah    
ART     76010    The Big Picture [28566]  W,  4:15-6:15p.  Sund, Judy    
ART     87300    Wall to Wall NY: Muralism [28573]  Tu,11:45a-1:45p. Manthorne, Katherine    

EES     79903    Critical Child & Youth Studies [29032]  W,  4:15-6:15p.  Hart, Roger    
EES    79903    Critical Soc & Enviro Policy [29036]  Th, 2:00-4:00p.  Seley, John    
EES    79903    Emerging Issue Envir Occup Hlth [29030] W,  4:15-6:15p. Grassman, Jean    
EES    79903    Environmental Health & GISc [29047]  Tu,  6:00-9:20p. Maroko, Andrew    
EES    79903    Field Ecology of Central Park [29044]  Tu,  11:10a-2:00p.  Ni-Meister, Wenge    
EES    79903    Geography NYC Metro Area [29037] M,  5:25-8:15p.  Eichenbaum, Jack  
EES    79903    International Pollution [29039] F, 11:10a-2:00p. Szekielda, Karl-Heinz    
EES    79903    Participatory Democracy [29050]  W,  2:00-4:00p.  Su, Celina    
EES    79903    Participatory Planning & GIS [29045]Th,10:10-1:00p Ramasubramanian, Laxmi
EES    79903    Research with Children & Youth [29033] Tu, 4:25-6:15p. Hart, Roger    

ENGL    75100   Amer Aesthetics:A Feel of If [28551] Th,  2:00-4:00p. Richardson, Joan    ENGL    85500    Black Lives [28549] Tu,  2:00-4:00p.  Reid-Pharr, Robert    
ENGL    87500    Experimtal Selves Graphic Subj [28545] W, 4:15-6:15p. Miller, Nancy    
ENGL    80600    Humanities & Idea of Culture [28738] M, 6:30-8:30p. Watts, Jerry    
ENGL    79010    Literacy Transnational Contxt [28560] Th,  4:15-6:15p. Wan, Amy    
ENGL    85410    Occupied America:Hist Mthd Poetic [28534] Th, 6:30-8:30p.Alcalay, Ammiel  
ENGL    85800    The Digital Caribbean [28540] W,  2:00-4:00p.  Josephs, Kelly    
ENGL    86600    Theortical Postings from Present [28538] W, 4:15-6:15p. Hitchcock, Peter    
ENGL    85700    Toni Morrison [28559] Tu,  6:30-8:30p. Wallace, Michele    
ENGL    80200    Trance [28542] Tu,  2:00-4:00p. Koestenbaum, Wayne    

HIST    76910    Comparative Carribbean Hist [28832] M, 6:30-8:30p.  Levy, Teresita    
HIST    84900    Seminar in American History I [28820] W, 2:00-4:00p. Kessner, Thomas  
HIST    75400    Seminar on Public History [28822] W,  2:00-4:00p. Robertson, Andrew    
HIST    77300    Soc Sci & Politics of Knowledg [28829] Th, 2:00-4:00p.Bennett, Herman   
HIST    75500    The History of Capitalism [28821] Tu,  2:00-4:00p. Oakes, James    

IDS    81660       National Security Strategy [28638] W,  4:15-6:15p.  Renshon, Stanley    

MALS    71300    Bus of Fashion:Cltr/Tech/Dsgn [28844] Th, 6:30-8:30p.Paulicelli, Eugenia        
MALS    77400    International Migration [28855] Th, 6:30-8:30p. Min, Pyong    
MALS    75400    Intro to Digital Humanities [28847] M, 4:15-6:15p.Gold, Matthew/Waltzer, Lucas
MALS    78100    Issues in Urban Education [28849] W,  4:15-6:15p.  Semel, Susan    
MALS    78500    Music & Democratic Speech [28854] W,  4:15-6:15p. Marcus, Greil    
MALS    71700   Psychology of Work & Family [28845] M, 6:30-8:30p.Shockley, Kristen    

MUS    83500    (Ethno)musicology & Soc Theory [28900] W, 2:00-4:00p. Sugarman, Jane    

P SC    72100    American Political Thought  [28873] Th,  2:00-4:00p. Fontana, Benedetto    
P SC    82001    American Politics [28856] M, 2:00-4:00p. Lipsitz, Keena    
P SC    82001    Childhood/Pornogrphy/Death [28859]Tu,11:45-3:45p.Rollins, Joe/Herzog, Amy
P SC    77901    Comparative Politics I [28857] M.  4:15-6:15p. Woodward, Susan    
P SC    72300    Constitutional Law [28864] Tu, 6:30-8:30p. Halper, Thomas    
P SC    71901    Critical Reason: The Basics [28860]Tu, 2:00-4:00p.Buck-Morss, Susan   
P SC    77903    Democratization [28865] Tu, 6:30-8:30p. Ungar, Mark    
P SC    82503    Failures National Urban Policy [28874] Th, 2:00-4:00p. Goering, John    
P SC    72500    Global Inequ:Mt An Pol Implic [29282] W, 6:30-8:30p Milanovic, Branko    P SC    71902    Social Contract Theory [28868] W, 4:15-6:15p.        
P SC    87801    State and Society [28871] W, 6:30-8:30p.  Erickson, Kenneth    
P SC    71903    Trans Theories Pract Politics [28861] Tu, 2:00-4:00p. Currah, Paisley    

PHIL    77500    Academic Ethics [28802] M, 11:45a-1:45p    Cahn, Steven    
PHIL    77800    Contemp Problems in Phil Art   [28805] Tu, 9:30-11:30a.  Carroll, Noël   
PHIL    76900    History of the Mind   [28804] M,  4:15-6:15p. Godfrey-Smith, Peter    
PHIL    77200    Social Construction [28808] Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Prinz, Jesse    

PHIL    77700    The Morality of Inequality [28818] Th, 6:30-8:30p. Baumrin, Bernard    

SOC    82901    Black Freedom Struggle & White [28890] Tu, 11:45-1:45p.Bonastia, Christopher
SOC    84600    Citizenship & Human Rights [28889] Tu, 11:45a-1:45p. Turner, Bryan    
SOC    80000    Digital Sociology [28878] W,  4:15-6:15p. Daniels, Jessie    
SOC    82303    Global Climate Crisis:Soc&Pol [29270] Th,  4:15-6:15p. Aronowitz, Stanley    
SOC    84600    Labor & Soc. Movements [28894] Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Jasper, James/ Milkman, Ruth
SOC    85000    Migration and Crime [28887] M,  4:15-6:15p. Garot, Robert    
SOC    82301    People of New York City [28885] W, 2:00-4:00p. Helmreich, William    
SOC    85800    Race and Ethnicity [29012] Th, 2:00-4:00p. Kasinitz, Philip    
SOC    80000    Soc Theory & Non-Human Environ [28879] Tu,  4:15-6:15p. Clough, Patricia    
SOC    86800    Sociology of Culture [28888] M, 2:00-4:00p. Halle, David                
SOC    84503    Sociology of Education [28892]Th, 11:45-1:45p. Attewell, Paul/Dumais, Susan
SOC    73200    Sociology of Gender [28893] Tu, 2:00-4:00p.  Eisenstein, Hester    

THEA    81500    Huston, Scorsese, Jarmusch [28743] W, 11:45a-3:15p.  Boddy, William    

U ED    75100    Educating Educators [28755] M,  4:15-6:15p. Michelli, Nicholas    
U ED    71200    Global Perspect on Lang & Educ [28749] Tu, 4:15-6:15p. Garcia, Ofelia    U ED    75100    Intersect of Human Develp & Ed [28754] W,  4:15-6:15p. Stetsenko, Anna    
U ED    70600    Intro Research Mtd in Urban Ed [28747] W,  4:15-6:15p.  Picciano, Anthony  
U ED    75100    Paradoxes of Inclusive Education [28756] M, 4:15-6:15p.Connor, David   
U ED    70400    Pedagogy and Urban Classroom  [28746] Tu,  4:15-6:15p.  Spring, Joel   

WSCP    81000    Diversity Issues/Clincial Psyc [29267] W,  5:00-7:50p. Borod, Joan   

The following courses are equivalent to ASCP 82000 - American Culture: Major Periods   (Course descriptions available on the individual programs’ websites)


ART    76040    Global Contemporary Art  [28567] W,  2:00-4:00p. Joselit, David
ART    77400    Postwar Art in Latin America [28568] W, 11:45a-1:45p. Indych-Lopez, Anna    
ART    79500    History of Cinema I:1895-1930 [28569] Th, 11:45a-2:45p. Dolan, Marc    
ART    86020    Revisiting the Bauhaus [28572] W,  2:00-4:00p. Maciuika, J/ Long, Rose-Carol

ENGL    75000   Death & Life in Antebellum America [28541] M, 4:15p-6:15p. Kelly, William    
ENGL    76000   Modernity and Consciousness [28547] W, 11:45a-1:45p.  Pease, Allison    
ENGL    80200   American Renaissance [28550] W    11:45a-1:45p. Reynolds, David    

HIST    72110    Hist of Madness in Modern Era [28831] W,  4:15p-6:15p.  Killen, Adreas   

HIST    75700    World War, Postwar, Cold War [28834]  M,  2:00-4:00p. Nasaw, David    

HIST    75900    20th Cent African American Hist [28833] Tu,  6:30-830p    Muhamad, Khalil    
HIST    80010    Literature of American Hist I [28819] Th,  4:15p-6:15p. Waldstreicher, David    

MALS    70700  The Shaping of Modernity [28843] M, 6:30-830p. Gordon, David    

THEA    72500   20th & 21st Century Dance [28647] Tu,  4:15p-6:15p. Tenneriello, Susan   

THEA    80300   History of the NY Theatre   [28648] M,  2:00-4:00p.  Carlson, Marvin    
THEA    80400    Theory & Perform 1990-Now [28649] W,  2:00-4:00p.  Edgecomb, Sean    
THEA    81500    History of Cinema I: 1895-1930   [28650]  Th, 11:45a-2:45p.  Dolan, Marc