Staging the American City: A Cultural History of Broadway

History 100D.001

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-200

This course weaves together two stories that are ordinarily told separately: the history of popular theatrical productions in the United States and the history of American urban life. Both stories focus on New York, and on the meaning of Broadway - as a place, an institution, and a cultural symbol. What does the history of Broadway from 1800 to the present teach us about popular culture, big city living, racial and ethnic identity, mass spectacle, and everyday life in modern America? Requirements include regular attendance, timely completion of reading assignments, two midterms, and one cumulative final examination.

Course Books

Devil's Playground by Traub, James Random House. ISBN: 9780375759789 Required
Going Out by Nasaw, David Harvard Univeristy Press. ISBN: 9780674356221 Required
Tales of the South Pacific by Michener, James Dial Press. ISBN: 9780812986358 Required
Angels in America by Kushner, Tony Nick Hern. ISBN: 9781854599827 Required
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by Johnson, James Weldon Dover. ISBN: 9780486285122 Required
New York by Gas-light by Foster, George Calfornia. ISBN: 9780520067226 Required
Sister Carrie by Dreiser, Theodore Norton. ISBN: 978-0393960426 Required
Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy by Bean, Annemarie Wesleyan. ISBN: 978-0819563002 Required