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No collection of Images for American Studies can be without images of childhood. Who better than Goofus and Gallant to fill the need? Visual representations of “the child” are rich mines for insights into a culture’s view of itself. For this project, I haven chosen an image of the seemingly innocuous and clear-cut “Goofus and Gallant” for what the pair can suggest for American Studies.
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.)