American and New England Studies

Spring 2013 Course Offerings

ANE 610 Creating New England II
Thursday, 4:10P - 6:40P, A. Cameron

The second part of the required core sequence, this course continues the examination of New England regional identity from the mid-19th century to the present. Topics include: the colonial revival; New England's working class and ethnic heritage; nostalgia; the regional revival of the 1920s and 30s; and regional identity and consumer culture.

ANE 615 Folklore and Region
Monday, 4:10P - 6:40P, K. Ryden

This course will begin by introducing students briefly to the study of folklore, particularly in a regional context, and to the identification and analysis of folkloric "texts" broadly conceived. It will then proceed topically, examining regional folk culture as it relates to various of the elements that help comprise a regional identity: history, economic activity as it is constrained by the region, and the natural and humanly shaped physical environment. Attention will also be paid to variations in regional folk culture according to gender, ethnicity, and class. Each topic will include an extended examination of an example from New England as well as materials from other regions of the country.

ANE 635 Art and New England Culture
Wednesday, 4:10P - 6:40P, D. Cassidy

This course will examine painting, prints, and photography from the 17th through the 19th centuries; it will focus on New England art and its place in American art history. Students will study style and subject matter and their relation to literature, thought, and social history. Central to this course is the consideration of how region is "imaged" in the visual arts and how these images shape regional and national culture. Topics include: "reading" colonial portraits; landscape painting and the commodification of nature; race, ethnicity, and regional types; Winslow Homer and the masculinization of region; and imaging the New England woman at the turn of the century.

ANE 650 Practices of Everyday Life in New England
Tuesday, 4:10P - 6:40P, A. Cameron

This course explores the social and cultural life of ordinary men and women and the methods and approaches used to tell their stories. Students will examine New England household structure and domestic life, health and diet, death and funeral practices, the role of weather, snow, time, and nighttime, cooking and kitchens, getting work and earning a living, walking dogs and walking in the city, habits of reading and pleasure, and other practices of everyday life. Depending upon the topic we will cover different periods of historical time drawing on letters, diaries, novels, manuscript census schedules, and memoir, as well as secondary sources.

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.


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