Spring 2019


AMST 30102 Integration in the US & Europe
Korey Garibaldi T/H 2;00pm-3:15pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

This class examines the social, spatial and intellectual history of “integration” in the United States and Europe, from the publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract (1762) up to the so-called “global revolutions” of 1968. Students will gain a comprehensive introduction to how peasants, (im) migrants, people of color, and other disempowered populations negotiated confraternity and inclusion — despite tenacious subjugation and exclusion — within and across Western nation-states and colonial possessions. Related topics range from “Indian removal” to religious persecution; from absolutist monarchies to gender discrimination; and from legalized slavery to histories of genocide.

Our seminar, eclectic in scope and method, will put particular emphasis on transnational histories of social movements and cultural transformations. In addition to four short writing assignments (4 – 5 pages, double- spaced) connecting two or more course readings, students will develop a final paper (7 – 8 pages, double- spaced) based on cumulative sources, including texts such as: Alexander Pushkin’s The Moor of Peter the Great (1837), Maya Jasanoff’s The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World (2017), Todd Tucker’s Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan (2004), and Winston Churchill’s “United States of Europe” speech (1946). No prior background in American or European history is either required or assumed.


AMST 30106 Gender and Popular Culture
Perin Gurel M/W 11:00AM-12:15PM 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

This course will explore how popular culture, constructed through as well as against folk and high cultures, operates at the intersection of gender with race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the United States. Approaching gender and popular culture from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, we will consider how culture in its commodified form has helped construct gendered identities, communities, and power structures in the United States. For example, we will examine how popular media texts may influence ideas about gender and how fans may transform and use mass culture texts for different purposes. Along the way, we will consider popular culture's ideological potential in relation to gender justice. Do negative representations harm the cause of women’s and/or minority rights? What do the rise of the Internet and social media activism mean for the intersections of popular culture and social justice? Assignments include mini essays, a multimedia essay, and a final creative project accompanied by an analytical paper.


AMST 30108 History of American Capitalism
Korey Garibaldi T/R 11:00am-12:15pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

This course offers a broad thematic overview of the history of capitalism from the early sixteenth century up to the late 1980s. As a discussion-based seminar, we will devote most of our conversations to discovering, analyzing and reflecting on the transformation of the U.S. from a newly-independent British colony, to the most influential economic power in the world. Topics and themes we will consider include: the rise of early modern transnational capitalism, European imperialism and trade, and indigenous dispossession after 1492; science and technological transformations; social and economic thought; slavery and servitude, broadly construed; and characteristics of prosperity, wealth, and economic flux.

Our readings and viewings will be a mix of scholarly and primary sources, including an abundance of canonical literary and artistic material, such as novels, visual art, and film excerpts (e.g. Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879), Aaron Douglas's Building More Stately Mansions (1944), and Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence (1920)). Over the course of the semester, students will draw upon this eclectic combination of sources to synthesize the dominant historical dimensions of capitalism in and beyond the U.S. via four short essays (4 - 5 pages, double-spaced—between 1,100 and 1,400 words), and a final paper (10 – 12 pages, double-spaced) based on cumulative texts.

AMST 30112 Witnessing the Sixties
Pete Cajka M/W 9:30am-10:45am 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is twofold: to examine the social context and cultural change of the sixties and to explore the various journalistic and aesthetic representations of events, movements, and transformations. We will focus on the manner in which each writer or artist witnessed the sixties and explore fresh styles of writing and cultural expression, such as the new journalism popularized by Tom Wolfe and the music/lyrics performed by Bob Dylan. Major topics for consideration include the counterculture and the movement--a combination of civil rights and anti-war protest.


AMST 30117 American Conspiracies
Perin Gurel M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

This course will explore modern conspiracy theories in and about the United States, discovering what they tell us about American culture and politics. The “truth” we will be seeking will not necessarily be whether secret forces have ever conspired or currently conspire to influence specific world events, but what conspiracy theorizing can tell us about modern American identities, communities, and social hierarchies including race, gender, class, religion, and national origin. In other words, we will take theories of conspiracy seriously as vernacular narratives that contribute to collective identity formation, produce powerful symbolic systems for ordering and inverting hierarchies, and help communities negotiate differences of identity and background. Beginning with the Cold War and moving on to the War on Terror, we will discuss why some theories gain preeminence in certain historical contexts and among different social groups. In addition, we will interrogate the role the label “conspiracy theory” plays within contemporary dynamics of knowledge/power. What types of knowledge are respected and acceptable and what types are stigmatized and mocked, and why? This is a writing-intensive course requiring over 20-pages of written work, including 3 small writing assignments, a series of graded and ungraded assignments leading to a major research paper, and an original research paper.


AMST 30128 Protest: American Cultures of Dissent
Erika Doss T/TH 11:00am-12:15pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

What roles do protest and dissent play in the making of America? Focusing especially on cultures of dissent including activist art, civil disobedience, radical action, and various cultures of struggle, dissent, and refusal, this course examines the practices, politics, technologies, and theories guiding America’s foundational history of protest. Class includes lectures, discussion, essay assignments, and field trips.


AMST 30138 Advanced Reporting
Jack Colwell M/W 2:00-3:15PM 01 Majors Only

This is an advanced course in journalistic reporting and writing devoted to learning how to prepare, in a professional manner, in-depth articles for national and local publications and on-line. Emphasis will be on going out to get the news, through record searches, interviews and covering events. Stress also will be on the ethics and responsibilities of journalists in obtaining and presenting information.


AMST 30141 Native American Literature
Robert Walls T/R 12:30-1:45PM 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

Native Americans have long been trapped in a betwixt and between state, caught by the forces of past and present, tradition and assimilation, romanticization and caricature. Yet through it all, Native voices have continued to speak of the Indian experience with great power and eloquence. This course will introduce Native American literature as a distinctive contribution to American and world literature. We will examine a wide range of expressive culture from the last century, including novels, poetry, graphic stories, children's literature, film, digital media, autobiographies, performances of oral literature, and music. Through the passion, creativity, and humor of Indian authors, we will learn something of the historical experience of Native men and women, and how they have reacted to massacres and mascots, racism and reservations, poverty and political oppression. Above all, we will try to understand how indigenous authors have used literature to engage crucial issues of race and culture in the United States that continue to influence their lives: identity, self-discovery, the centrality of place, cultural survival, and the healing power of language and spirituality. Class discussions will incorporate literary, historical, and ethnographic perspectives of Native expressive culture and the agency of authors as artists and activists’ vis-à-vis the wider American literary tradition. Authors include Sherman Alexie, Nicholas Black Elk, Louise Erdrich, D'Arcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, Winona LaDuke, and Leonard Peltier.


AMST 30142 Latino Muralism
Jason Ruiz T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to All 03 First Year Only

This class investigates the murals in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the city's neighborhood most closely identified with Latinos and Latinidad. Students will explore the cultural, historical, and social contexts that give rise to muralism and will examine the murals themselves over the course of several trips to the city. Our research will contribute to an exciting new digital humanities project that is building a mobile app and website devoted to the murals, so students' work will directly impact what the public knows about muralism in the city. Students will also gain training in digital humanities, including such skills as app development, geolocation, 3- D modeling, and data mining.


AMST 30143 Fashioning American Identities
Sophie White M/W 11:00AM-12:15PM 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

Did Puritans really only wear black and white, or did they wear fashionable lace, silk ribbons and bright colors? Did early settlers wash their bodies to get clean? What role did fashion play in the making of the American Revolution? And how did slaves and Native Americans adorn their bodies? This course will address such questions by focusing on dress and material culture. We will consider the role of dress in the construction of colonial identities, and examine the ways that bodies operated as sites for negotiating class and ethnic encounters.


AMST 30166 Magazine Writing
Kerry Temple T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm

This course will examine various forms of magazine journalism, from the direct presentation of information to narrative journalism to the art of the first-person essay. The class, requiring students to complete a variety of written assignments while performing in a workshop setting, will emphasize those storytelling techniques essential to writing for publication.


AMST 30171 The Digital Newsroom
Richard Jones/Victoria St. Martin M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm 01 Majors Only

Building on the skills acquired in Fundamentals of Journalism, this practicum course is centered around students preparing stories, photos and videos for The Observer, the university's independent, student-run newspaper. Students will acquire real-world experience in reporting, writing, and using their digital journalism skills by covering live news events on campus and in the surrounding community. Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of Journalism.


AMST 30175 Tale of Two Depressions
Ben Giamo/David Ruccio T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year only

This interdisciplinary course is team-taught by professors of American Studies and Economics. Perspectives, materials, and methods from these respective fields will be presented to enrich our understanding of the causes, conditions, and consequences of two economic depressions: 1929-1941, and 2007 to the present. Throughout, we will be concerned with the similarities and differences between the two depressions, the crises that precipitated and sustained them and the consequences for economics, politics, and culture. What was going on then, and what is going on now that has proved so decisive? How do we come to terms with the two turbulent periods in question and their connections with respect to the wider society? What is the impact of these crises on the nation and its direction? How do our understandings of what happened then help us make sense of what is happening today, and what questions today assist us in analyzing a now-distant but crucial set of historical events.

In order to analyze the respective depressions, we will examine historical contexts, economic factors, developments in the financial system, public policy, documentary accounts, literary and theatrical representations, popular culture, and social dissent.


AMST 30180 Native American Studies
Brian Collier M/W 9:30-10:45AM 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

America is Indian Country! Our identity is tied to both real American Indian people and romanticized ideas about them. Anglo Americans liked to play Indian but they also claimed a right to places, land, and water. All of this presented a variety of problems for Native Americans over time. This course examines Native Americans and their constant adaptation and survival from European contact through the 20th century, as well as Anglo America's cooption of Native resources, traditions, and images. It explores themes of Native American creation, treaties, education, sovereignty, culture, literature, humor, art, and activism. We will address national issues but also recognize there are over 500 distinct cultural and linguistic groups who are the indigenous people of the modern United States. Questions we will explore include why Native people are sovereign but also U.S. Citizens, why Indian mascots are such a hot issue, and how Native people have come to run so many Casinos. This course is the history and culture course that brings the first Americans together with the rest of America.


AMST 30192 Sports and American Culture
Annie Coleman T/R 12:30pm-1:45pm 01 Majors Only 02 A&L Juniors only 03 A&L Sophs Only 04 First Year Only

Sports play a big role in American culture. From pick up soccer and the Baraka Bouts to fantasy football and the Olympics, sports articulate American identities, priorities, aspirations, and concerns. They reflect our dominant values but also highlight our divisions and serve as a means to question those values. Athletes, organizers, spectators, fans, and the media all have a stake. This course will examine sport's role in American society and culture thematically, covering the late 19th century to present and paying special attention to sport as a physical performance (including issues of danger, drugs, disability, spectatorship, and fandom), sport as an expression of identity (the construction of race, gender, class, community, and nation), sport as a form of labor (with issues of power and control, safety, and amateurism), and sport as a cultural narrative (how do writers, historians, and the media attach meaning to it?). We will examine history, journalism, documentary film, and television coverage; topics will range from Victorian bicyclists and early college football to Muhammad Ali and Olympic snowboarding. Requirements include reading and regular discussion, a variety of short analytical papers, and a culminating project in which students will choose one course theme to analyze through a topic of their own choice.


AMST 30198 20th/21st Century American Art
Erika Doss T/TH 9:30am-10:45am 01 Majors Only 02 Open to all 03 First Year Only

This course traces the history of 20th/21st Century American art: art made in the United States from the Gilded Age of the 1890s to today. A historically based survey of the evolution and development of American modern and contemporary art, it explores a variety of media from paintings and sculpture to photography, graphic arts, performance art, installation, street art, video, digital, New Media, and Social Practice within cultural, economic, political, social, and theoretical contexts. Especially attentive to the themes of modernism, migration, and mobility, it considers the roles that American art has played in the formation of and contestation over ideas about modern national identity and understandings of class, race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual difference.


AMST 30220 Covering America
Victoria St. Martin M/W 9:30-10:45am Majors Only Permission Required of Instructor

The course is a practical and conceptual exploration of the journalistic issues involved in reporting on topics of national interest. This is an advanced reporting course in which students will build on their digital and multi- platform journalism skills and learn to produce stories for audiences nationwide. The capstone assignment requires traveling to the site of an ongoing national story during Spring Break; the resulting stories, photos and videos will be published on a student-produced website. Please note: There are no additional costs for students in this course; all travel costs will be covered for any student who is admitted to the course. Admission to the course by permission only.


AMST 43155 Notre Dame and America
Kathleen Cummings M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm Senior Seminar Senior AMST Majors Only

This main requirement of this seminar is a primary-source-based research paper that examines a point of intersection between Notre Dame's campus and the broader social and cultural history of the United States. Themes and topics include but are not limited to: Catholicism, sports, coeducation, and science.



AMST 30272 American Literary Traditions II
Francisco Robles M/W 9:30am-10:45am
Majors Only
Cross listed with ENGL

This course is premised on the contested concepts of "American" and "literature." It posits and departs from the idea that a certain cultural stances were generated in the American colonial period and the earlier nineteenth century prior to the Civil War, subject always to transnational influence. Among these are Puritanism, the "Other," nature, commerce, and the category of literature itself. Such positions continued to exert a powerful - if always conflicted and contested - hold on subsequent major writers in the United States after the Civil War into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will closely examine writers such as Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Ralph Ellison, and John Updike to see how they practice their craft in response to and revision of this inherited American tradition.


AMST 30302 American Feminist Thought
Emily Remus T/TH 11:00am-12:15pm
Majors Only
Cross listed with History

This course traces American feminism from the margins of democratic thought in the eighteenth century to the center of modern political discourse and culture. Drawing on primary sources and recent scholarly work, we will investigate how the goals and meaning of feminism have changed over time, as well as how the boundaries drawn around who could and could not claim the title of "feminist" have shifted. We will approach feminism as an argument--not a received truth--responsive to contemporary historical developments and marked by divisions of race, class, sexual orientation, age, and religion. Course readings are organized around major turning points in the American feminist movement and chart significant continuities and contradictions that have animated each new wave, including questions of gender difference, economic dependence, reproductive rights, marriage, subjectivity, and citizenship.


AMST 30327 Interwar USA
M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm Rebecca McKenna
Cross listed with History
Majors Only

This course considers U.S. history from the "Jazz Age" through the depression decade. Drawing on secondary literature and primary sources including novels, films, and non-fiction writing, we will focus especially on the social and cultural dimensions of consumerism, the rise of industrial unionism, religious fundamentalism, the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, prohibition, immigration restriction, and the Great Depression and New Deal. We will consider the U.S. role in the world through a period often characterized as one of American isolationism; understanding of capitalism between the roaring 20s and the descent into economic depression; and intellectual though and the participation of artists and intellectuals in public life.


AMST 30332 Crime, Heredity, Insanity in the US
M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm Linda Przybyszewski
Cross listed with History
Majors Only

The 19th century witnessed a transformation in the understanding of the origins of criminal behavior in the United States. For many, a religious emphasis on humankind as sinful gave way to a belief in its inherent goodness. But if humans were naturally good, how could their evil actions be explained? Drawing on studies done here and abroad, American doctors, preachers, and lawyers debated whether environment, heredity, or free will determined the actions of the criminal. By the early 20th century, lawyers and doctors had largely succeeded in medicalizing criminality. Psychiatrists treated criminals as patients; judges invoked hereditary eugenics in sentencing criminals. Science, not sin, had apparently become the preferred mode of explanation for the origins of crime. But was this a better explanation than what had come before?


AMST 30343 US Sex/Sexuality/Gender from 1880
T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Gail Bederman
Cross listed with History
Majors Only

Topics may include representations of sexuality in movies and advertising; new courtship practices among unmarried heterosexuals (from courting to dating to hooking up); changing concepts of same-sex love (from inversion to homosexuality to gay liberation to LGBTQ); the demographic shift to smaller families; the twentieth-century movements for and against birth control and legal abortion; and the late-twentieth-century politicization of sexual issues.

AMST 30435 Landscape of Urban Education
T/H 9:30am-10:45am
Maria McKenna
Cross listed with AFST Majors Only

This seminar course explores the intersection of the physical realities of urban environments, race, and education and will be a question based seminar. As a group we will work to answer a cluster of questions surrounding the course topic in a systematic, interdisciplinary format. Questions may include: How does the physical landscape/structure of schools matter to urban education? How does the high concentration of poverty and racial segregation impact curriculum, school culture, and neighborhood? How do early childhood programming, college preparatory programs, and after school programs factor into the landscape of urban education? What are "best practices" involved with teaching in urban environments? The final question we will work on as a group will be: What are the implications of what we know about race and urban landscapes in propelling positive micro and macro level change for our educational system? This course demands a high level of class participation and student initiative.


AMST 30460 Introduction to Latino Studies
M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm Alex Chavez
Cross listed with ILS
Majors Only

This course will examine the Latino experience in the United States, including the historical, cultural, and political foundations of Latino life. We will approach these topics comparatively, thus attention will be given to the various experiences of a multiplicity of Latino groups in the United States.


AMST 30463 Latinos in the Future of America: Building Transformative Leadership
Luis Fraga M/W 11:00am-12:15pm
Majors Only
Cross listed with ILS

This course will examine the opportunities and challenges facing Latino communities today as they simultaneously transform and are transformed by their continuing growth in U.S. society. Through a careful examination of the biographies of leaders in Latino communities, we will examine what role they have each played in empowering Latino communities to advance in business, arts, education, community organizing, entertainment, medicine, religion, law, academia, politics, and other areas. The course will coincide with the Transformative Latino Leadership Speaker Series sponsored by the Arthur Foundation through the Institute for Latino Studies. Students in the class will have the opportunity to interact with invited leaders in several setting including the classroom, meals, receptions, and university-wide events. The primary course requirement is a research essay about the life and career of a chosen leader.


AMST 30467 History of American Indian Education: Sociology, Race, Class, Gender, and Schooling
Brian Collier M/W 8:00am-9:15am

Majors Only – Permission Required
Cross listed with ESS

This course blends the History of Education and American Indian History and is open (by invitation only) to students interested in action research on these two topics. The course may include an opportunity to collaborate on a project with a school that is part of the Native mission network schools and may include travel to a Native community. The course is by invitation only.


AMST 30509 Race and Ethnicity
M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm
Calvin Zimmerman
Majors Only
Cross listed with SOC

This course has three objectives. First, the course will help you to think critically about issues related to race and ethnicity in American society. These issues include the meaning of race and ethnicity; the extent of racial and ethnic inequality in the U.S., the nature of racism, discrimination, and racial stereotyping; the pros and cons of affirmative action; the development of racial identity; differences between assimilation, amalgamation, and multiculturalism; and social and individual change with respect to race relations. The second objective is to foster a dialogue between you and other students about racist and ethnocentric attitudes and actions. The third objective is to encourage you to explore your own racial and ethnic identity and to understand how this identity reflects and shapes your life experiences.


AMST 30522 Reframing the Rustbelt
M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm
Paige Ambord
Majors Only
Cross listed with SOC

The term "Rust Belt" typically brings to mind images of abandoned building and vacant downtowns in cities that were once America's manufacturing centers. Yet, while there are lasting economic and social effects of this shift, the perception that these places are failing or abandoned is just one narrative of many. This course will use the "Rust Belt" and South Bend, in particular, as a lens through which to view urban sociology. We will pay particular attention to the ways that place is constructed, investigating the literature on culture and meaning making, the role of the built environment, and the impact of physical location on various forms of inequality. Students will witness the process of place making first-hand by engaging with local artists in their attempts to reframe South Bend. Students will also be asked to engage with a local community organization on topics related to emplaced inequality.


AMST 30609 Caribbean Diasporas
T/H 12:30pm-1:45pm Karen Richman
Majors Only
Cross listed with ILS

What is the meaning of identity in a transnational space straddling the United States and the Caribbean? Migration, settlement and return are central to the historical experiences and the literary and aesthetic expressions of Caribbean societies. This course combines literary and anthropological perspectives to the study of novels and historical and anthropological texts in which themes of migration, immigration and transnationalism play central roles.


AMST 30630 Archaeology at the Movies
T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Mark Golitko
Majors Only
Cross listed with ANTH

Description: Archaeologists are often depicted in popular films as swashbuckling adventurers like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, who travel the world in search of fantastic artifacts while unleashing ancient evil. In reality, archaeology is a modern scientific discipline that seeks to understanding the human past through the lens of the material culture we have left behind. In this course, we will watch popular moves like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Apocalypto, and Clan of the Cave Bear, examining how the past is represented and misrepresented in each film. Through class discussion and readings, we will explore critical issues including the portrayal of prehistoric and non-western people, popular notions of human nature, and how the past as popularly understood overlaps (or doesn't) with how archaeologists have come to understand human history and prehistory.


AMST 30703 History of Television
T/TH 12:30pm-1:45pm Christine Becker
Majors Only
Cross listed with FTT

Television has been widely available in the United States for only half a century, yet already it has become a key means through which we understand our culture. Our course examines this vital medium from three perspectives. First, we will look at the industrial, economic and technological forces that have shaped U.S. television since its inception. These factors help explain how U.S. television adopted the format of advertiser-supported broadcast networks and why this format is changing today. Second, we will explore television's role in American social and political life: how TV has represented cultural changes in the areas of gender, class, race and ethnicity. Third, we will discuss specific narrative and visual strategies that characterize program formats. Throughout the semester we will demonstrate how television and U.S. culture mutually influence one another, as television both constructs our view of the world and is affected by social and cultural forces within the U.S.


AMST 30813 Home and Dome: Neighborhood Community-Based Research and Geo-Tagging
Danielle Wood T 3:30pm-4:30pm
Majors Only
Cross listed with CSC

This introductory seminar will provide an overview of Community-Based Research (CBR) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as part of a data collection project with a handheld device. CBR supports democratic processes, as it engages academic researchers and community partners together in addressing community challenges. Our project will be geotagging and creating a data layer in a South Bend neighborhood. The focus will be on vacant land and property condition for the purpose of facilitating our community partners in identifying, prioritizing, planning, and measuring the impact of their improvement projects. Students will participate in shared learning with faculty, students, and community partners about South Bend, community development, GIS, and the CBR process through readings, discussions, and the hands-on data collection. After Mid-term Break, the bulk of courses will be off campus collecting neighborhood data, weather depending, so please allow for later class ending times/travel time in your schedule.


AMST 40701 Sinatra
T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm
AMST 41701 Sinatra Lab
T/TH 3:30pm-5:30pm
Pamela Wojcik
Majors Only
Cross listed with FTT

This course examines the career and image of Frank Sinatra. As an entertainer who worked in numerous media - radio, the music industry, television, cinema, and live performance - Sinatra provides a lens through which to examine American 20th century media. Moreover, as an iconic figure, Sinatra enables an explanation of masculinity, American identity, ethnic identity, race, liberalism, and more. Sinatra will be paired with various other performers, especially Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly, to consider his star image comparatively. Sinatra will be situated within discourses on Italian immigration, urbanism, the Depression, prohibition and war. Students will listen to Sinatra music and radio programs, watch Sinatra films and TV shows, and read a wide range of materials - including contemporary accounts of Sinatra performances, analyses of his career and meaning, essays and articles about the star system, recording technology, film genre, acting styles, the mob, and more. Throughout, we will consider what model of American masculinity Sinatra embodies, ranging from early concerns that his female fans and lack of military service rendered him effeminate to his image as family man, and later incarnation as playboy. We will consider what Sinatra means today through an analyses of his entertainment heirs, like George Clooney; parodies, like Joe Piscopo's; the use of his music in film soundtracks and advertising; and in performances like the Twyla Thorpe "Come Fly With Me." This is an undergraduate course. Graduate students who take it will have additional readings and meetings, and they will have different written assignments. All students should be able to attend the lab, which will consist of film screenings. Certain films will be viewed for further discussion in class.