Course Schedule

All readings should be completed before class on the date they appear on the syllabus (this means you should have read “Conspicuous Leisure” before class on Wednesday, 1/11). Unless otherwise noted, all assignments should be submitted to the appropriate folder on Sakai before class time on the date that they are due.

Date Readings and Assignments
Unit I: Defining the Gilded Age, Then and Now
M 1/9 Introductions
W 1/11 Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class, “Conspicuous Leisure” (course reader)
Introductory blog post due
Introductory reflection due
F 1/13 Veblen, “Conspicuous Consumption” (course reader)
M 1/16 No class
W 1/18 Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, “Introduction,” “The Capital-Labot Split in the Twenty-First Century” (course reader)
Unit II: Muckraking
F 1/20 Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1-80
M 1/23 Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 81-204
W 1/25 Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 205-296
F 1/27 Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 298-388
M 1/30 Eric Schlosser, Foreword to The Jungle, vii-xv
Close reading due
W 2/1 Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, 1-49
F 2/3 Ehrenreich,Nickel and Dimed, 50-119
M 2/6 Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed, 120-238
W 2/8 Cecilia Tichi, Exposés and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900/2000, “From The Jungle to Fast Food Nation: American Déjà Vu” (course reader)
F 2/10 Tichi, Exposés and Excess, “Muckrakers c. 1900: Civic Passions, ‘Righteous Indignation’” (course reader)
Group 1 blog posts due
Unit III: Environmentalism
M 2/13 David Stradling, Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts, vii-41
W 2/15 David Stradling, Conservation in the Progressive Era, 43-72
F 2/17 David Stradling, Conservation in the Progressive Era, 73-101
Mid-semester reflection due
M 2/27 Mary Austin, “The Land of Little Rain” and “The Scavengers” (course reader)
W 3/1 Austin, “Water Borders” and “Other Water Borders” (course reader)
F 3/3 Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife, 4-79
Rhetorical analysis due
M 3/6 Bacigalupi, The Water Knife, 80-220
W 3/8 Bacigalupi, The Water Knife, 221-295
F 3/10 Bacigalupi, The Water Knife, 296-371
Paper proposal due
Group 2 blog posts due
Unit IV: Race and Naturalism
M 3/13 Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Sport of the Gods, 321-368
W 3/15 Dunbar, The Sport of the Gods, 368-433
F 3/17 No class
M 3/20 Shelley Fisher Fishkin and David Bradley, “General Introduction,” The Sport of the Gods, ix-xxv
Fishkin and Bradley, Introduction to The Sport of the Gods, 297-318
Dunbar, “The Race Question Discussed” and “The Fourth of July and Race Outrages,” 260-267 and 293-294
Paper draft due
W 3/22 Thomas L. Morgan, “Black Naturalism, White Determinism: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Naturalist Strategies”
F 3/24 The Wire, episodes 1-3
Last day to turn in revised work for comments
M 3/27 The Wire, episodes 4-7
Group 3 blog posts due
W 3/29 The Wire, episodes 8-10
F 3/31 The Wire, episodes 11-13
M 4/3 Frederic Jameson, “Realism and Utopia in The Wire”
W 4/5 Ava DuVerney, 13th
Final reflection due
F 4/7 Final Paper due
Last day to turn in revised work for a grade
Exam week Final exam