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Surely, no one on this list would deny the contrast between the country and the city as a major theme in American Studies, with Jefferson the defender of agrarianism and the yeoman myth.
One of his intellectual descendants was William E. Dodd (for a while, ambassador to Nazi Germany). Dodd was a promoter of the German Karl Lamprecht, whose influence on American psychology should be better known. I quoted Dodd, Lamprecht, Carl Becker, and Robert S. Lynd here:
I would appreciate suggestions of student readings for an interdisciplinary 400-level history course, "Unraveling Selfhood: Personal Identity, the Body, and Sexuality in American History." (The course attracts history and non-history majors.) Students will examine the distinctiveness and interplay among these dimensions of the personal.
I have taught the course previously and am revising the curriculum.
Given that personhood and selfhood are slippery terms, I welcome suggestions of readings that can help me frame the course scope and content.
A few years ago I put together a reading list on the subject of Christmas for a course I was working on. I'm revising and updating the list now in anticipation of teaching an updated version of the course so I thought I'd put the call out once more: any good readings you'd recommend? My course, Children and Christmas, is focussed on Christmas in America, childhood, and is very multi-disciplinary. We read a fair bit of history, ethnograpy, and media studies and cultural studies.
I am submitting this on behalf of the PA History Coalition Honoring People with Disability.
We are a group looking to increase society's understanding about the historic and herioc journey that Pennsylvanians with disability have been traveling. One step in doing so, is to gain a better understanding of the number, condition, location, and subject matter of historic materials related to people with disability within the state.
Does anyone have any suggestions with regards to US-American literature (novels, short stories, dramas, poems) that deal with body transformations (especially plastic surgery)?
I'm looking for US-American works of fiction that deal with:
- ageing, bodily decay, illness
- self-enhancement (plastic/cosmetic surgery, new technologies that enhance the human: genetic engineering, transplants, cyborgs etc.)