Susan L. Bragg
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
Magazines and Modernity: Periodicals and Social Change in America, 1890-1940
In late 19th c. America, magazines emerged as a important vehicle for modern consumer culture. Through a series of common readings and an individual research project, students will explore this “magazine revolution.” From popular slicks like Ladies’ Home Journal, to the less reputable pulp magazines such as Black Mask or Weird Tales, and radical little magazines like The Liberator, Mother Earth, and The Crusader, we will examine how periodicals mediated new ideas about race, class, gender, and community relationships in early 20th century America.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some background in U.S. history is helpful, but not required. Willingness to participate in class discussions and carry out independent research is required.
Class assignments and grading
In addition to completing assigned readings, students will develop an independent research project, resulting in an original historical essay approximately 16-20 pages in length. Students will also be responsible for several shorter assignments related to this research paper.
The grades for this course will be based on seminar participation, various short written assignments, and a larger original research paper.