Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Index: Modern American Culture


~~A Reading List~~

Conceptual, Theoretical…

Alexander, Jeffrey C., and Steven Seidman. Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

XX Gramsci, Antonio. “Culture and Ideological Hegemony.”

XX Saussure, Ferdinand. “Signs and language.”

XX Sahlins, Marshall. “Food as symbolic code.”

XX Goffman, Erving. “Out-of-frame Activity.”

XX Walzer, Michael. “Puritanism and Revolutionary Ideology.”

XX Turner, Victor. “Liminality and Community.”

XX Douglas, Mary. “Symbolic Pollution.”

XX Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. “Sex as Symbol in Victorian Purity.”

XX Bordieu, Pierre. “Artistic Taste and Cultural Capital.”

XX Bellah, Robert. “Civil Religion in America.”

XX Adorno, Theodor W. “Culture Industry Reconsidered.”

XX Bell, Daniel. “The End of Ideology in the West.”

XX Lyotard, Jurgen. “The Postmodern Condition.”

XX Anderson, Benedict R. O'G. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 2006.

XX Foucault, Michel. “Birth of the Asylum.” From Madness and Civilization; A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. New York: Pantheon Books, 1965.

XX Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 1962.

XX Geertz, Clifford. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight.” From The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books, 1973.

XX Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. New York: Norton, 1977.

"Beyond the Reality Principle"

"The Mirror Stage..."

XX Rieff, Philip. The Triumph of the Therapeutic; Uses of Faith After Freud. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

XX Riesman, David. The Lonely Crowd; A Study of the Changing American Character. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1950.

XX Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978.

XX Thompson, E.P., “Time, work-discipline, and industrial capitalism” in Flinn, Michael W., and T. C. Smout. Essays in Social History. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974.

XX Williams, Raymond. “Means of Communication in Means of Production” AND “Ideas of Nature” from Williams. Culture and Materialism: Selected Essays. London: Verso, 2005.

Bottom of Form

Social & Cultural Criticism

XX Bell, Daniel. The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism. New York: Basic Books, 1976.

XX Sandel, Michael. "America's Search for a New Public Philosophy," Atlantic Monthly, March 1996

XX Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. New York: Norton, 1978.

XX Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

XX Slater, Philip Elliot. The Pursuit of Loneliness; American Culture at the Breaking Point. Boston: Beacon Press, 1970.

General Culture

XX Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.

XX Gurstein, Rochelle. “On the obsolescence of "Puritanism" as an epithet.” From Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth, and Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn. Reconstructing History: The Emergence of a New Historical Society. New York: Routledge, 1999.

XX Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

XX Kammen, Michael G. Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1991.

XX Lears, T. J. Jackson. No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920. New York: Pantheon Books, 1981.

XX Levine, Lawrence W. Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2002.

XX Sontag, Susan. “Notes on Camp.” From Against Interpretation: And Other Essays. New York: Dell Pub. Co, 1966.

XX Susman, Warren. Culture As History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. Read only parts III & IV.

XX Terkel, Studs. Hard Times. New York: Pantheon Books, 1970. Get a sense

XX Thompson, Emily Ann. The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2002

Art History

XX Harris, Neil. Cultural Excursions: Marketing Appetites and Cultural Tastes in Modern America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990. Chapters 1,8,9,13,14

XX Rosenberg, Harold. 1952. "The American Action Painters". Art News.

Consumer and Advertising Culture

XX Cohen, Lizabeth. A Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. New York: Vintage Books, 2004.

XX Ewen, Stuart. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976.

XX Lears, T.J. Jackson. “From Salvation to Self-Realization: Advertising and the Therapeutic Roots of the Consumer Culture, 1880-1930.” From Fox, Richard Wightman, and Lears. The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880-1980. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983.

XX Frank, Thomas. The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

XX Marchand, Roland. Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Gender, Sexuality, Sex

XX Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books, 1994.

XX Evans, Sara M. Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left. New York: Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1979.

XX Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W. Norton, 1963.

XX Lasch, Christopher. “The sexual division of labor, the decline of civic culture, and the rise of the suburbs.” From Lasch, Christopher, and Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn. Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage, and Feminism. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1997.

XX Welter, Barbara. 1966. "The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860". American Quarterly. 18, no. 2: 151-174. http:/


XX Gerstle, Gary. American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

XX Lasch-Quinn, Elisabeth. Black Neighbors: Race and the Limits of Reform in the American Settlement House Movement, 1890-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

XX Lasch-Quinn, Elisabeth. Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Norton, 2001.

XX Luker, Ralph. The Social Gospel in Black and White: American Racial Reform, 1885-1912. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.


XX Hunter, James Davison. Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: BasicBooks, 1991.

XX McCarraher, Eugene. Christian Critics: Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000.

XX Orsi, Robert A. The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Social Movements

XX Bottom of FormDenning, Michael. The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century. London: Verso, 1998.

XX Gitlin, Todd. The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making & Unmaking of the New Left. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980.

XX Isserman, Maurice. If I Had a Hammer--: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left. New York: Basic Books, 1987.

XX Pells, Richard H. Radical Visions and American Dreams; Culture and Social Thought in the Depression Years. New York: Harper & Row, 1973. Relates to Hard Times


XX Frith, Simon. Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure, and the Politics of Rock'n'roll. New York: Pantheon Books, 1981.

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