Artifacts of the Classroom: Mickey Mouse Ears

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Course: AMST 340/ARTH 340 - Disneyland and American Culture

Instantly recognizable, right? This American Studies/Art History seminar studies Disneyland as an expression of middle-class American values, as a center of corporatism and consumerism, as a postmodern venue, as a utopia, and as an influence upon architecture and urban design--to say nothing of stylish accessories. Disney is the perfect focus to explore the ideals, the desires, and the anxieties that have shaped post-World War II American culture. Mouse ears not a prerequisite.