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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2004

AMS 332 • Art, Photography, and Culture of the American West Since 1880

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26250 T
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
WEL 3.502
Goetzmann

Course Description

This course focuses on the study of the history and culture of the comparatively recent American West through the medium of paintings, lithographs, maps, popular culture, photographs, film, first-hand accounts, and literature. Major emphasis will be placed on the painters, photographers, cinematographers and popular culture makers with an eye to seeing something from these cultural artifacts that will help us understand American culture and Native American culture as a product of myth that changes through time. The course will make use of the extensive collections of The University of Texas and nearby museums. A spring break trip to Santa Fe is highly recommended or a shorter jaunt to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. For lovers of cowboy art, there is always the leisurely trip to the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas . . . or the bike ride to the fabulous Western Writers Collection at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

Texts

William H. Goetzmann and William N. Goetzmann, The West of the Imagination Brian W. Dippie, Custer‚s Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth Robert G. Athearn, The Mythic West in Twentieth Century America Bill Brown, editor, Reading the West: An Anthology of Dime Westerns Gregory F. Michno, Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat Leah Dilworth, Imagining Indians in the Southwest Course Packet available at University Duplicating Service, UNB 2.214

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