lit suggestions for some project presentations
Here are some lit suggestions based on last week's project presentations....I better get them off my chest before I leave:
Mari Jo Buhle, "Feminism and Its Discontents: A Century of Struggle with Psychoanalysis."
What makes this book interesting for your project (at least the first part; it starts with Freud's visit to the U.S. in 1909), is the tracing of the convergence of two modern movements: psychoanalysis and feminism. Buhle (a women's historian) shows how Freud was received in the U.S. and how psychoanalysis became Americanized.
Apropos Madame Butterfly. Mari Yoshihara's (a fellow Americanist) book "Embracing the East" starts with an interesting analysis (gender/race framework) of MB. And a 60's Hollywood comedy based on it, with Shirley McLain and Yves Montand: "My Geisha." I love teaching this film...you will get a kick out of it.
Speaking of Yoshihara, for all you musicologists: she just published a really interesting book on classical music and Asians and Asian Americans: "Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music."
Here is a different spin on California and nostalgia, but I think you might find this interesting:
Robert G. Lee, "Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture" (the chapter on "The 'Heathen Chinee' on God's Free Soil"