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|M1 — US Art and Culture in the 1930s
1930s in the United States cannot be simply reduced to the New Deal,
although its politics /policies-- and particularly its cultural
policies defined it to a great extent. This course aims at charting the
period from the Wall Street Crash in 1929 to the beginning of the war
in Europe (the US only became a belligerent per se in 1941).
This class has an usual format: it will be taught as a joint seminar with American studies students from the University of Wyoming. Our weekly session will be divided in two parts: a common visioconference with Wyoming and then a in-class session in Lyon.
As this is a Master's seminar, you will be asked to do weekly readings. Every week, documents will be posted on Moodle and students will be expected to be able to present and discuss the readings.
I will then wrap up the session by synthesizing the discussions and offering a comprehensive perspective on the topic.
Jan 27: General introduction: to the class. The Great Depression and the New Deal
Feb 3: Public support for the arts.
Feb 10: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans
March 3: Berenice Abbott and the American documentary (lecture by Prof. Eric Sandeen)
March 10: Painting: American Scene and Regionalism
March 24: Small town America
March 31: Black America
April 14: 1930s architecture
April 21: Popular culture (Movies / Hollywood, Music, radio, Comics)
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