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HIS 387 Popular Culture in the United States (3 credits)

This course will explore the production and consumption of commercialized leisure in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Throughout the nation’s history, American popular culture has both reflected and shaped society’s values, often serving as an arena of conflict among classes, races, and genders. By investigating selected sites on this contested terrain—from novels, stage shows, and movies to radio, television, and popular music—students will learn to think seriously, critically, and historically about the mass-produced culture that surrounds us every day.