May 20, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Add to Personal Catalog (opens a new window)

RHET 161 - 19th-Century Popular Culture

Semester Hours: 3
Periodically
This course introduces students to the social, political, and aesthetic issues raised in popular entertainment venues in the United States in the 19th-century. We will investigate the creation and reception of such 19th- century popular cultural activities as melodramatic theater, circuses, amusement parks, vaudeville-variety shows, minstrel shows, tableau vivants, museums, broadsides, and political cartoons. These leisure entertainments were venues wherein the social issues of everyday life – slavery, racism, class divisions, labor struggles, gender inequities, etc. – were performed and often parodied. In this course we will investigate ways these cultural practices operated in the everyday life of audiences and participants so as to reproduce and/or struggle against existing structures of power.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
May not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis.


Click here for Fall 2022 course offering(s).

Click here for Summer 2022 course offering(s).

Click here for Summer 2022 course offering(s).

Click here for Summer 2022 course offering(s).




Add to Personal Catalog (opens a new window)