American Studies by Janice A. Radway (Editor); Kevin Gaines (Editor); Barry Shank (Editor); Penny Von Eschen (Editor)American Studies is a vigorous, bold account of the changes in the field of American Studies over the last thirty-five years. Through this set of carefully selected key essays by an editorial board of expert scholars, the book demonstrates how changes in the field have produced new genealogies that tell different histories of both America and the study of America. Charts the evolution of American Studies from the end of World War II to the present day by showcasing the best scholarship in this field An introductory essay by the distinguished editorial board highlights developments in the field and places each essay in its historical and theoretical context Explores topics such as American politics, history, culture, race, gender and working life Shows how changing perspectives have enabled older concepts to emerge in a different context
Call Number: E169.1 .A448 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Crosscurrents in American Culture by Bruce Dorsey; Woody RegisterThis innovative reader is the first to introduce students to cultural history through primary sources and guided pedagogy. Crosscurrents combines a diverse collection of sources with cutting-edge scholarship for a dramatic overview of politics, economics, and religion. The voices of women and people of color are integrated throughout, presenting a truly inclusive view of the American past.Each source or source grouping is preceded by an introduction, which helps to contextualize the document(s). Throughout each chapter, Problems to Consider prompt students to think analytically about sources.
Myths That Made America by Heike PaulThis essential introduction to American studies examines the core foundational myths upon which the nation is based and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of -discovery, - the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the Founding Fathers, the melting pot myth, the myth of the West, and the myth of the self-made man. The chapters provide extended analyses of each of these myths, using examples from popular culture, literature, memorial culture, school books, and every-day life. Including visual material as well as study questions, this book will be of interest to any student of American studies and will foster an understanding of the United States of America as an imagined community by analyzing the foundational role of myths in the process of nation building."