Introduction and Overview of the Course

Film: Nobody’s Girls: Five Women of the American West. PBS. Produced by Mirra Bank. May 12, 1995. 

2 Theoretical Overview: Construction Gender, Race-Ethnicity and “The West”  
3 The Great Plains and the Farm Frontier  
4 The Farm Frontier—Literary Perspectives  
5 The Borderlands  

Challenges to Gender and Sexuality

Film: Ballad of Little Jo. DVD. Directed by Maggie Greenwald. 1993. Polygram Filmed Entertainment. 

Prospectus and short bibliography for final paper due
7 Immigration, Migration, and Farm Labor on the West Coast  

Women, Politics, and The Radical West

Film: Salt of the Earth. DVD and streaming. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. 1954. Independent Production Company. 

9 Cultural Brokers and Moral Reform First 7–9 pages of final paper due
10 Cultural Brokers via the “Empire of the Lens.”  

The Great Depression and WWII

Film: Wartime Richmond. National Park Service. 2013

12 Representations of the West: Writers, Artists, and Mythmakers  

Student presentations on Term Projects

Prof. Rudnick’s slideshow on Georgia O’Keefe

Final Paper due at end of semester

Course Info

Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples
Instructor Insights