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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 389 • American Cultural History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36955 M
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
GAR 301
GOETZMANN

Course Description

This is a research seminar dealing with the Modernist Movement that blew away Victorian certainties in both America and Europe in the Twentieth Century. Beginning with the discovery of the subconscious and the stream of consciousness as well as cultural relativism, modern life changed forever in one of the major moments in American history. In literature, art, the social sciences, film, transatlantic relations, (“Paris is a moveable feast”), salon life, bohemianism, as well as blacks, the first half of the Twentieth Century was perhaps America’s most creative period. William James, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Hugo Munsterburg, Frank Lloyd Wright, Vachel Lindsay, the 1913 Armory Show, Mabel Dodge, Max Eastman, Henry Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Maxwell Bodenheim, Al Capone, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Peggy Guggenheim, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Steiglitz, Harriet Monroe, Malcolm Cowley, John Dos Passos, Margaret Anderson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Franz Boaz, Blues, Jazz, Greenwich Village, Paris’s Left Bank and the Harlem Renaissance were among the people and places that liberated Americans in the years before the Great Depression.

Fortunately the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas is one of the world’s great repositories of books and manuscripts relating to Modernism. This is helpful because the main task of the course is the writing of an original research paper of article length (20 pp.).

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