H330 Studies in the History of American Thought
Murphy American Countercultures
Course Instructor: Daniel Murphy
Office – Classic 312
Phone – 7222, email - murphy
Office hours – MWRF 1—11, MWF 1-2 and appointments
Course Texts: Miller, TROPIC OF CANCER; Kerouac, ON THE ROAD; Charters, BEAT READER; Burroughs, NAKED LUNCH; Kesey, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO"S NEST; Wolfe, THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST; Hoffman, THE BEST OF ABBIE HOFFMAN; Warhol, THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANDY WARHOL; Stein, EDIE; Rechy, CITY OF NIGHT.
We will also watch some films, which will be available in the library.
Course Evaluation: Four 4 page paper exams, due Jan. 29, Feb. 21, March 19 and the final exam date. These will each be worth 20% of the course grade. 20% of the course grade will be based on class attendance and discussion. Because the course will be conducted as a seminar, attendance at every class session is important. Any unexcused absences will be held against the course grade. The instructor reserves the right to increase the proportion of the final grade based on attendance and discussion in cases of repeated unexcused absences.
Course Purpose: In this course we will study certain individuals and movements highly critical of mainstream 20th century American culture. The persons we will encounter helped define alternatives to the cultural status quo. We will examine these people in the context of their time, exploring the presuppositions underlying their ideas, and to a much more limited degree, the consequences of their actions. In doing so, we will address the important issue of defining the nature of a counterculture, and ask ourselves to what degree any counterculture is merely a distorted mirror of the larger society.
Jan. 8 – Introduction
Jan. 10-15 – Miller
Jan. 17-22 – Kerouac
Jan. 24 – Beat Readings
Jan. 26-Feb. 5 – Charters
Feb. 7-12 – Burroughs
Feb. 14 – Burroughs Documentary
Feb. 16-21 – Kesey
Feb. 23-March 7 – Wolfe
March 9 – Music
March 12-16 – Hoffman; Film – WOODSTOCK
March 19-23 – Warhol
March 26-30 – Stein
April 2 – Movie
April 4-9 – Rechy
April 11 – PARIS IS BURNING
April 13 - Summary