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翻譯:黃筱婷(簡介並寄信)
編輯:李詩健(簡介並寄信)

概要

本課程將檢視20世紀的美國人為了何種原因,且如何透過消費、休閒活動,和豐富的物質生活,來定義「令人滿意的生活」,並探討像是百貨公司、擁有全國性廣告品牌的商品、大量生產的汽車及郊區,這一類的事物又如何改變美國的經濟、社會和政治。本課程按照各個主題和年代編排。而每個年代,美國的消費者文化都有新的進展。我們將會全面探討與大量消費和物質富裕相關的正、反兩面之評價。

課程編排、評分方式和作業

本課程的要求為:以閱讀資料和老師授課內容為根據,完成兩份回家作業(每一份佔學期成績25%),一份相關文章收集(20%),一份是書本的評論(20%),還有課堂參與情形(10%)。整個學期裡,學生得要在上課前看完閱讀材料,並且為課堂上的討論作好準備。


指定閱讀材料

閱讀材料包括了下列小說和非文學類的書籍:

Dreiser, Theodore所著,《嘉莉妹妹》(Sister Carrie)(最早發行於1900年)。

Lewis, Sinclair所著,《巴比特》(Babbitt)(最早發行於1922年)。

Horowitz, Daniel,以及Vance Packard 所編輯的 《攀權附貴者》(Status Seekers)一書,由 Bedford此地的 St. Martin's 出版社於1995年發行
David Brooks,所著 《 BOBO族--新社會菁英的崛起》(Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There),由紐約Simon & Schuster 出版社於2000年出版


Overview

This class examines how and why twentieth-century Americans came to define the "good life" through consumption, leisure, and material abundance. We will explore how such things as department stores, nationally advertised brand-name goods, mass-produced cars, and suburbs transformed the American economy, society, and politics. The course is organized both thematically and chronologically. Each period deals with a new development in the history of consumer culture. Throughout we explore both celebrations and critiques of mass consumption and abundance.


Format, Grading and Assignments

The requirements for this class include two take-home papers based on the readings and lectures (25% each), one document collection (20%), one book review (20%) and class participation (10%). Throughout the semester, students will be expected to have completed the readings before class and come prepared to engage in discussion.


Required Texts

Readings will include the following novels and non-fiction books:

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. (Originally published in 1900.)

Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. (Originally published in 1922.)

Horowitz, Daniel, and Vance Packard, eds. Status Seekers. Bedford: St. Martin's, 1995.

Brooks, David. Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


 
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