Philip J Heldrich
Focuses on critical reading of selected great books. Works chosen vary, depending on the expertise of the instructor. Open to undergraduates with permission.
This graduate level class examines foundational texts in the interdisciplinary field of popular culture studies. Particular focus will be drawn to questions concerning the nature, production, politics, and aesthetics of "culture" and the postmodern influence on contemporary cultural production. Students will explore a variety of influential and field-shaping approaches and methodologies used to study the myriad manifestations of popular culture in their multiplicity of forms. Attention will also be given to cultural products as sites of negotiation concerning nationality, identity, class, gender, race and/or other ideological and (sub)cultural interests.
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