HIST 4366 - Culture Wars: Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Modern U.S. Course uri icon



  • Examines how U.S. public moralists, intellectuals, and artists from the end of the nineteenth century to World War II both celebrated and attacked the rise of two characteristic features of modernity: mass culture (amusement parks, popular music, radio, movies), and modernist literary and artistic expression. Addresses how Americans both constructed and violated the line between "popular" and "high" culture. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1025.