American and New England Studies

Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

ANE 600 : Creating New England I

Lorrayne Carroll
Mondays, 4:10 - 6:40

This required core course examines the development of New England regional identity from the 17th to the mid-19th century. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches and materials, the course focuses on how regional identity has been both historically grounded and culturally invented. Topics include: the invention of New England as a second England; the Yankee character; the New England town; the creation of regional traditions; and the perspectives of Native Americans and African Americans on narratives of New England identity.

ANE 630: The Culture of Consumption

Ardis Cameron
Wednesdays, 4:10 - 6:40

Consumerism is so much a part of our lives today that it seems timeless and almost natural. Yet consumerism has a long history that continues to shape the social and cultural worlds around us. This course will explore the emergence of modern consumer practices with special attention to New England from the censorious attitude of the Puritans to contemporary sartorial habits in the region. We will also explore the emergence of national trends and debates over advertising, shopping, lesbian chic, masculinity, style, urban pleasures, commodity racism, and the commodification of everyday life.

ANE 633: Mapping New England

Matthew Edney
Tuesdays, 4:10 - 6:40

A study of the history of construction and use of cartographic representations of New England and Maine, through the 20th century. Students learn to read maps as cultural texts and to analyze them according to their originating discourses. The basic theme running through the course is therefore that of cartographic literacy and commercialism: who used the maps and for what purposes? The course is structured around spatial discourses which have been relevant for New England and the cartographic practices they have sustained. The scope of the course will expand to address, as necessary, more general issues in European and North American cartographic history. Students use original maps from the collections of the Osher Map Library and other libraries.

ANE 648: Domestic Architecture and American Culture

Donna Cassidy
4:10 - 6:40

This course will examine the physical form as well as the idea and image of "home" from the 17th through the 20th centuries. House designs and styles and their historic changes and diversity across class and geographic boundaries will be examined. Students will also analyze the idea of home in visual culture (paintings, prints, photography, popular illustrations, film) and written texts (prose, architectural pattern books, advice books, magazines).

ANE 668: Writers of Northern New England

Kent Ryden
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30

This course focuses on literature about the subregion that Robert Frost referred to as "North of Boston." The course will examine writers who root their work in the landscape, culture, and history of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Considerable attention will be devoted to contemporary writing.

ANE 675: Workshop in Research and Writing

Ardis Cameron
Mondays, 5:00 - 7:30

This course is a collaborative workshop that focuses on student writing and research needs. Students will read and comment on work in progress or use the workshop to design, research, and begin a thesis, project, or exit paper. This course is required for students writing a thesis or project, but is open to all ANES students. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours, 3 hours of which must be either ANE 600 or ANE 610. (Note: Beginning with students admitted for the fall of 2014, this course will be required for all students as part of their degree program.)

ANE 685: Reading and Research

Open to advanced students with exceptional records in the program, this course offers opportunities for reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. The approval of the ANES Curriculum Committee is required. This course may be taken only once.

ANE 687: Internship

Open to qualified students with exceptional records in the program; required for students in the Public Culture and History track. Internships are by application to the ANES Curriculum Committee. Participating organizations include: Portland Museum of Art, Old York Historical Society, Pejepscot Historical Society, and Maine Historical Society.

ANE 690: Project

Completion of a two-semester project that may be an independent project or that may combine independent study and work in a historical society, a museum, a cultural organization, or other public or private institution. In consultation with an advisor, the student defines and develops the project in relation to his or her particular interest in American and New England Studies.

ANE 695: Thesis

The product of original research, the thesis should embody an interdisciplinary combination of approaches and/or materials.


Continuous Enrollment and Residency
Continuous enrollment requires that every graduate student must earn at least six credits toward his or her degree program every calendar year from the time of first registration to completion of all requirements for the graduate degree. The following course aids students in maintaining continuous enrollment status.

GRS 601: is a noncredit course that allows the student continued access to University services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities.  Registration for this course incurs applicable University fees for which the student is financially responsible. It is designed for students who are working on a capstone, thesis, or dissertation. GRS 601 does not grant a student part-time or full-time status for financial aid eligibility, University-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, loan deferment, or visa compliance. Enrollment in GRS 601 requires approval from the student’s faculty advisor or the program chair and is typically limited to two semesters.

GRS 602: is a 1-credit course that permits master’s degree candidates registered for less than 6 credits to retain eligibility for financial aid, University-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, student health insurance, loan deferment, visa compliance, and access to University services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. This course option is primarily intended for students who have completed coursework for the master’s degree, but have not completed their thesis or capstone. Enrollment in GRS 602 requires that students have certification of adequate academic progress by their program faculty advisor or program chair and approval from the Office of Graduate Studies.