Fall 2014

26:050:501:01 Intro to American Studies, M 5:30-8:10PM, CON-233, Stewart-Winter, Email- timsw@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Description: This graduate seminar will introduce students to scholarship in American Studies, as we explore together where the field has been and where it is going.  We will be reading influential older articles and books; theoretical work that has had a particularly significant impact on American Studies; newer studies which suggest the issues with which scholars of American Studies are currently engaged, and collections of articles addressing the state and future of the field.

26:050:510:01 Imigration in the USA, T 5:30-8:10PM, CON-447, Diner, Email- sdiner@andromeda.rutgers.edu

It meets the upper level reading seminar requirement

Description: This course examines the history of immigration to cities and urban areas of the United States since the nineteenth century. It will consider the causes of immigration, the social, cultural and economic adaptation of various groups, return migration, the significance of race, the varied experience of different immigrant groups, the development of ethnic group identities, changing American policy and attitudes towards immigrants and ethnic groups , and the impact of immigration and ethnicity  on American society and culture. Class will consist of weekly discussions of assigned books. Students will be required to write an essay on the historiography of a particular immigrant group, a specific time period, some aspect of the immigrant experience, the impact of immigration on a particular city or how immigration has shaped America’s economy, political system, social institutions or culture.                                                                

26:050:521 Topics in American Studies I: Race and Empire, M 5:00-7:40PM, CON-233, Chang, Email- kchang4@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Description: The late Stuart Hall once wrote that race is “the modality in which class is lived,” the medium through which class relations are experienced and “fought through.” Using Hall’s insights as a point of departure, this reading intensive course examines the modern history of race, labor, and capitalism in the Americas. The spread of capitalist relations introduced a spectrum of “free” and “unfree” labor between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. Our readings will focus on how different labor systems—slavery, indentured, wage labor, and guestworker programs—produced, and were produced by, racial knowledge and systems of meaning. Through a series of case studies, students will trace the ways race and class were co-constituted in the Americas and how they evolved with changing modes of capitalist production. In doing so, students will also explore the ways race and class intersected with gender, nation, region, sex, and empire. Students will be expected to read a book monograph and an article per week, amounting to about 250 pages of reading per week.

26:050:550:01 Topics in Cultural History & Artistic Production: US IN 1960s & 1970s, Feldstein, Email- feldst@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Description: In this research seminar, we will explore a range of subjects that concern scholars of the 1960s and 70s and consider the methods that these scholars use to research and write about this period in U.S. history. Graduate students will then research and write original scholarship on this period.

During the first half of the semester, we will read secondary sources intensively.  During the second half of the semester, we will focus more on process. In workshops and one-on-one meetings, we will consider how to develop research questions and define research topics, how to find sources, and how to work with documents and interpret these sources.  We will also focus on how to outline, draft, write, and revise seminar papers in ways that that incorporate these research techniques.