ABOUT ME: Radical queer femme grad student in the upper right hand region of the U.S. Any more details might be incriminating.

THE PURPOSE: I'm reading for my oral comprehensive exams for my PhD in American Studies. I have over 200 books to read and only 180 days until the exam (you do the math). That equals (at least) ONE BOOK A DAY for the foreseeable future. I happen to also have a propensity to take 10x the notes I need on any given book/subject/idea/matter etc. To keep myself from doing even more than I've already got to do, I'm taking some words of wisdom from previous examinees and limiting my note taking to ONE VERY LARGE INDEX CARD per book. Which I will post (are you ready for this?) ONE TIME A DAY. And just to keep with the one-a-day-keeps-the-examiners-at-bay theme... each index card will be accompanied by ONE PITHY STATEMENT that wraps up the day's selection.

25th August 2011

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Robert Rydell, All the World’s a Fair (1984)
Pithy two-sentence summary:
World’s Fairs and expositions, particularly their ethnological and anthropological exhibits, charted a course of American imperialism using racial science and wedding that “science” to notions of cultural “progress.” “Progress,” in turn, was measured by U.S. standards of industrial and technological development, and was glorified as a utopian ideal through the fairs themselves.
Pithy summary of my reading habits:
I only had to read three chapters. I will eventually go back and read the rest. I found a tidbit buried in here that I think is going to wind up being crucial to my dissertation, though, so YAY.

Robert Rydell, All the World’s a Fair (1984)

Pithy two-sentence summary:

World’s Fairs and expositions, particularly their ethnological and anthropological exhibits, charted a course of American imperialism using racial science and wedding that “science” to notions of cultural “progress.” “Progress,” in turn, was measured by U.S. standards of industrial and technological development, and was glorified as a utopian ideal through the fairs themselves.

Pithy summary of my reading habits:

I only had to read three chapters. I will eventually go back and read the rest. I found a tidbit buried in here that I think is going to wind up being crucial to my dissertation, though, so YAY.

Tagged: Robert RydellAll the World's a Fairworlds fairexpositionscommercial expansionexpansionismimperialismanthropologyethnologyscientific racismcivilizationmuseumsField 2

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