HIST 389: Topics in US. History.

HIST 389-005: Magic, Illusion, and Detection
(Fall 2019)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007

Section Information for Fall 2019

This course explores the premise that at the turn of the 19th century (1890-1910) Americans were fascinated by contradictions. They loved the freedom to re-make themselves in the marketplace, to change their identity by wearing new clothes, learning new habits, to go from "rags to riches"-- they loved the possibility of self transformation. But they were also made uneasy by it, and were equally fascinated with pinning character down, with detecting who was really who. We will explore the rise of movies, popular entertainment, and also the development of forensic identity tracking and policing.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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