Week I, Aug. 31: Introduction
Week 2, Sept 7: Discuss Hofstadter, The Age of Reform.
Suggested additional readings: Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics; David Brown, Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography; Louis Hartz, The Liberal Tradition in America.
Week 3, Sept 14: No class meeting: read Rosenberg, Trial of the Assassin Guiteau for discussion next week
Week 4, Sept. 21: Discuss Elliot, Color Blind Justice
Week 5, Sept. 28: Discuss Nick Salvatore, Eugene Debs, Citizen and Socialist
Week 6, Oct. 5: Discuss Postel, The Populist Vision
Recommended: Lawrence Goodwyn, The Populist Moment, and Michael O'Malley, “O’Malley’s Utopian Banking Scheme.”
Week 7, Oct. 12: Mathew Frye Jacobson, Barbarian Virtues, and Kristin Hoganson, Manliness and Civilization
Recommended: Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization; John Kasson, Houdini, Tarzan and the Perfect Man
Week 7, Oct. 19: Amy Louise Wood, Lynching and Spectacle and James Allen, Without Sanctuary
Week 8, Oct. 26: Foucault, History of Sexuality v. 1
Recommended: Cynthia Russett, Sexual Science; Mark Philp, Michel Foucault” in Skinner ed., The Return of Grand Theory to the Human Sciences.
Week 9, Nov. 2: Miles Orvell, The Real Thing and Alan Sekula, “The Body and the Archive”
Recommended, Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
Week 11, Nov. 16: Ben Singer, Melodrama and Modernity
Week 12, Nov. 23: Kathy Piess, Cheap Amusements
Week 13, Nov. 30: Robert Kanigel, The One Best Way, and Walter Benn Michaels, “An American Tragedy, or the Promise of American Life.”
Week 14, Dec. 7 Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent, and Daniel Rodgers, “In Search of Progressivism” Online