Summer 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Wickberg Dan
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6301 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
American Thought 1890-1910

Description of Course:

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were key eras in the formation of modern American thought and culture. The birth of a highly organized modern society based on corporate capitalism and new forms of institutional authority such as the modern university and professional organizations marked a fundamental change from the pre-Civil War past. The influence of new modes of scientific thought, the declining power of traditional forms of religious thought and authority, and the development of a new leisure and consumer ethic, the development of urban pluralism in a society of increasing immigration: all led to a challenge to old forms and ways of knowing, and an embrace—sometimes critical, sometimes reluctant, sometimes enthusiastic—of new ways of thinking about the world. This course focuses on some key thinkers and texts, particularly in the realm of social thought, social science and modernist ideology at this critical period in the formation of modern thought: the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will be reading both primary writings by American thinkers and a selective sample of important scholarly literature on American thought and culture during this period. Topics covered will include modernism and antimodernism; post-Darwinian thought, pragmatism, feminism, progressivism, the rise of social science.

Required Texts:

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
Houghton Mifflin, 978-0395166208

Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House
Signet, 978-0451527394

W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
Norton, 978-0393973938

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics
Dover, 978-0486299747

William James, Writings 1902-1910 (Library of America, 978-0940450387)

James Kloppenberg, Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought 1870-1920 (Oxford UP)

Jackson Lears, No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture
University of Chicago Press, 978-0226469706

Rosalind Rosenberg, Beyond Separate Spheres: Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism
Yale UP, 978-0300030921

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance, participation, research paper proposal with annotated bibliography (15-20 pages)

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