In this essay, you mus answer the following questions in a concise but well-developed essay that incorporates evidence from the assigned readings, lectures, and film. YOU MUST USE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING: THE JAZZ SINGER, or A FACE IN THE CROWD.”I will include link at the bottom for the movies” FAILURE TO USE ONE WILL GET AN F. FAILURE TO USE THE OTHER WILL RESULT IN AN F. Remember that I will be grading you on how well you choose evidence (and some of these main sources are better for certain questions than others) so be sure to read and watch all sources.
REMEMBER THAT YOU SHOULD BE SURE TO GO BEYOND ANALYSES OF SOURCES YOU CAN EASILY FIND ONLINE. IF YOU CAN FIND IT EASILY, I CAN TOO.
You will be graded on how well you engage with the question and how clearly you explain your argument. There is no set “correct” answer to this question. You have to look at the materials I have provided you with and create your own answer. the essay should cover all answers, so it might take 3-6 pages, ill be grading on how good teh essay is and not how long it is!
YOU SHOULD USE ONLY THE SOURCES THAT ARE GIVEN. NO PLAGIARISM AND MAKE SURE ITS IN MLA FORMAT!
For citations to written documents, please use the following format: (Author Name, Page #).
In the following question sets, the first question is the main one you must answer. The remaining questions will help you answer the question in a logical manner.They must be addressed.
- How did technological changes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shape the ways in which Americans experienced popular culture?How did new inventions contribute to the rise of “mass culture?”How did the incorporation of those inventions alter the ways in which people experienced popular culture? How did popular culture respond to the growing power of technology in American life? Ultimately, did the new technologies of mass communication encourage American culture to become more standardized or more diverse?
- How was popular culture a battleground over “American” values and identity from the 1890s to the 1950s? How did white Victorians use popular culture to stereotype other groups of people while teaching Victorian values? How did non-white groups (including immigrants) challenge those stereotypes while celebrating different values? Ultimately, was popular culture more effective as a way to stereotype or challenge stereotypes?
- How did popular culture challenge and transform Victorian ideals of gender and sexuality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? What characteristics of men and women did Victorian popular culture promote? How and why did popular culture promote different visions of manhood and womanhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? By the 1950s, had American culture embraced a different understanding of manhood and womanhood and had the balance of power between men and women shifted?
- Work with me to design your own question.Do you see a thread that isn’t mentioned in questions 1-3 and can connect several different sources (including 2 of the major sources mentioned above) together?If so come to office hours and discuss it with me and we can develop a question that will both meet my rigorous expectations and your interests.This is also a chance for you to combine two of the earlier questions into something specific to your interests.
“links for movies are in description + more explanation about everything you might need