• .@NYTimes offers an interactive map comparing the 1811 Commissioners' Plan to NYC's present-day grid: http://nyti.ms/gjYtQ2 #wny11 #PoNY11 #
  • @amandamccc Thanks! The cameos in Ragtime are quite memorable, aren't they? #emmagoldman #tickertape #
  • #wny11 MT @2nerdyhistgirls Who owned NYC in the 19th c? The super-rich world of Astors & Wendels: http://bit.ly/hKgmpk #
  • .@cpatell is lecturing on Doctorow's RAGTIME this morning in our #wny11 class. His basic approach here: http://bit.ly/hKDy9F #
  • .@cpatell: Doctorow uses the language of cinema to talk about the cosmopolitan city. Freeze-frames capture disparate intentions. #wny11 #
  • RAGTIME, as the title suggests, also draws on other pop forms, the implication: that these forms are produced thru cultural mixing. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell plays a clip fr Ken Burns's JAZZ to set the scene: guardians of culture anxious about pop music/influence of black culture. #wny11 #
  • What's at stake in RAGTIME? Victorian morality. Cf. Wharton's AGE OF INNOCENCE. She's writing in the wake of ragtime's influence. #wny11 #
  • Doctorow's novel invokes a cosmopolitan cultural form (ragtime) as a metonymn for possibility of new cosmopolitan society. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Writing in the 1970s, Doctorow knows the long history of pop music's racial conversations: jazz>blues>r&b>rock etc. #wny11 #
  • Doctorow's said that RAGTIME grew out of images from the period. He's thinking in pictures. Suggests metahistorical concerns. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell's quoting material from CONVERSATIONS WITH DOCTOROW, specifically this bit on photography/memory: http://bit.ly/hiEtt4 #wny11 #
  • My favorite part of the lecture: @cpatell's slides illustrating the book's amazing opening sequence. Underscores importance of image. #wny11 #
  • If it's been a while since you read RAGTIME's opening sequence, read it again. Doesn't get better than this: http://amzn.to/hQmcFm #wny11 #
  • "Warn the Duke!" By the end of ch 1, RAGTIME calls realism into question, throws readers off balance. Asks how history/memory work. #wny11 #
  • Doctorow: "I don't know how anyone can write today w/o accommodating 80 or 90 yrs of film…. we [no longer] have to explain things." #wny11 #
  • Now playing: opening of Forman's film adaptation of RAGTIME. What can't film do that the novel can/vice versa? #wny11 http://bit.ly/djU3hg #
  • Somebody popped Norman Mailer! #wny11 #ragtime #forman #
  • .@cpatell: Doctorow uses cinema's abrupt juxtapositions/associations more than he's visually descriptive. His debt to film is formal. #wny11 #
  • Doctorow: all historical fiction is written to meet the needs of the present. We'll think later abt how this novel speaks to 1970s. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell reading RAGTIME's baseball scene against baseball in Cahan's YEKL: baseball & cosmopolitanism (2 of Patell's fav things). #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: RAGTIME makes an argument abt collaboration btwn black and immigrant Jews in making Am culture, something we'll return to. #wny11 #
  • RAGTIME ends w/ a gesture toward Our Gang. Do today's students know the Little Rascals? Vision of new America. #wny11 http://bit.ly/3fcV53 #
  • Lecture ends w/ clip from Burns's NEW YORK: A Douglas and M Jefferson on mongrel Manhattan: "blend of native and immigrant strains." #wny11 #
  • @2nerdyhistgirls Sure! You guys may be interested in @caleb_crain's and @knickerbockerny's chs in our @CambridgeUP comp to the Lit of NY. #
  • @wreckobecko Glad to know it made some sense to someone not in the room. I've wondered if I'm testing people's patience w/ lecture tweets. #
  • @wreckobecko Also, that Forman adaptation is terrific. We like it, anyway. #ragtime #
  • @LFreshwater @jwarach Thanks for the shout out–and for the Burns links. I didn't realize so much of it was on YouTube. #
  • @2nerdyhistgirls chs = chapters. Each of those guys has a chapter on c19 NY's moneyed classes. One focuses more closely on Knickerbockers. #
  • @2nerdyhistgirls I should say one focuses more closely on the *idea* of Knickerbockers. #
  • That's what I'm talkin about. #howl #
  • In honor of spring (for today, at least), Prairie Dawn's pageant on how flowers grow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0remSXyUB4 #
  • #wny11 students: Here's a round-up of prior years' blog posts related to THE JAZZ SINGER: http://bit.ly/bWhR89 #
  • #wny11 Jazz Singer today. Pre-lecture music: Jolson singing "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby," "California Here I Come" #
  • #wny11 @_waterman at the podium: "media shifts" on our mind today: stage to silent film, silent film to sound. #
  • #wny11 Also, "identity shifts" on our mind today: from old world identities to new world identities. "Melodrama of Americanization." #
  • #wny11 Showing clip from Ric Burns's New York: Ann Douglas, Margo Jefferson on cultural miscegenation. #
  • #wny11 Clip cites Whitman's prediction of "native grand opera": http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/04apr/primer.htm #
  • #wny11 Jefferson cites Randolph Bourne's great essay "Transnational America": http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/rbannis1/AIH19th/Bourne.html #
  • #wny11 Playwright Samuel Raphaelson on his play THE JAZZ SINGER: http://bit.ly/eFjzkL #
  • #wny11 Film as a mechanism for Americanization: watching films teaches immigrants how to be new people. Is film an agent for homogenization? #
  • #wny11 Or is it a process of creating NEW forms of American identity? #
  • #wny11 From film's original souvenir program: "Turning tide" in Jolson's career "was a chance conversation one night with an old darky." #
  • #wny11 Facsimile of program available with Jazz Singer 3-disc Deluxe DVD: http://amzn.to/edvEa4 #
  • #wny11 Consent vs. descent in the JAZZ SINGER. Our model comes form Werner Sollors, BEYOND ETHNICITY: http://amzn.to/gmaO87 #
  • #wny11 What Vitaphone technology was thought to make possible. "inhabitants of small and remote places" can see "grand opera." #
  • #wny11 Jazz Singer as the equivalent of a Rolling Stones concert film simulcast in a movie theater. #
  • #wny11 "Blue Skies" clip from JS: brilliant transition from sound to silent, new world to old world, son to father. #
  • #wny11 JS dramatizing cultural authority of father displaced by cultural authority of mother: see Cahan's YEKL and the film HESTER STREET. #
  • #wny11 Understanding Blackface: Eric Lott, LOVE AND THEFT: http://amzn.to/h01QQc; W T Lhamon, RAISING CAIN: http://amzn.to/e4JGwU. #
  • #wny11 In closing: Blackface Montage from Spike Lee's Bamboozled: http://bit.ly/2xDuX; see also in PWHNY: http://bit.ly/fGyWcU #
  • @jonathanrnash We've had the same experience. Is it an investment in cultural purity? Some also dislike Appiah's "contamination" metaphor. #
  • @ashleyanndarcy It's a sign of un-Americanness. He's not participating in a consumer economy thr which he purchases individuality. #wny11 #
  • @ashleyanndarcy It's also just funny, tho. I agree. #wny11 #
  • RT @ubuweb A series of remarkable photos of Ginsberg & Beat Fellows, 1969-1997: http://is.gd/59bsaY #
  • RT @ubuweb Cadets read "Howl", Feb l9, l99l, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. http://is.gd/xlOVbc #
  • #wny11 RT @epicharmus Built Manhattan 1833: The Row: http://builtmanhattan.tumblr.com/post/4042832354/1833-the-row #