Ompare Fashion in 19th century to contemporary form of popular culture
GUIDELINES: For the term paper, students will compare a historical form of popular from 19th century or earlier to a contemporary form of popular culture. Students must choose specific forms of popular culture to compare from particular decades and places, not write a general history from an earlier period to now. The point is to compare and contrast the two forms of culture, showing what they have in common and how they differ and why. The paper must cover the following points for both the historical and contemporary forms of popular culture: 1) the socioeconomic and cultural context that have made sense of the form of popular culture; 2) what kinds of people have participated in it and how; 3) the material practices involved in that form of culture: 4) what kinds of spaces were needed or used for this activity; 5) in what ways these popular forms engaged the imagination; and what kinds of purpose the form of culture was supposed to serve for participants. To explain the differences between the two forms of culture, students should use the history covered in lectures and readings.
Students are required to do library research on the historical form of popular culture, but can also use interviews and observations as well as readings on the contemporary form of popilar culture. Students must use citations from at least six books or journal articles for the paper. Students may do research on the internet to gather information, but internet sites would not count as sources.
*** CANNOT USE THESE FIVE BOOKS***
1) Peter Burke, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe
2) Regina Marchi, Day of the Dead in the USA
3) Mukerji & Suhudson, Rethinking Popular Culture
4) Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements
5) Nicholas Sammon, Babes in Tomorrowland