Class Presentations: Critical Approaches to Race, Class, and Gender
On a day of your choosing, you will help open discussion on one of
the dayís readings by providing an illustration of a key point in the reading.
Look to your own experience of popular culture to guide you. Draw
your examples from music, TV, the web, movies, or any other place you might
see them. Your mission is to help your colleagues find ways to read
their own culture through the theoretical and critical ideas in this class.
You will need to sign up for a presentation in class.
Unit Two: War and Masculinity
Feb. 19: Rogin, "Ronald Reaganóthe Movie"; Engelhardt, from The
End of the Victory Culture (both CP)
Guest: George White, History
Feb. 21: Faludi, chs. 1-2
Feb. 26: Kellner ch. 2-3
Screen Three Kings
Feb. 28: Kellner ch. 6, Faludi ch. 8
Take-Home Test #1
Unit Three: Production, Consumption, and Late Capitalism
Mar. 5: Kellner, ch. 4, Garnham, "Political Economy and
Cultural Studies," (CSR) Bourdieu, "How Can One Be a Sports Fan" (CSR)
Screen Roger and Me and/or Living on the Edge
Mar. 7: Moore, "Is the Left Nuts?", Piven, from Regulating the Poor
Guest: Jon Shefner, Sociology
Mar. 12: Morris, "Things to do with Shopping Centers," (CSR);
Hebdige, "The Function of Subculture,"
Mar. 14: Walser, "Forging Masculinity: Heavy Metal Sounds and Images of
Gender," (CP) Straw, "Characterizing Rock Music Culture" (CSR) Guest: Leslie
Unit Four: Sexuality in the Heartland
Mar. 26: Faludi, ch. 3, 10
Mar. 28: Robinson, "Touring Thailandís Sex Industry," (CP) Guest:
Lydia Pulsipher, Geography
April 2: Sedgwick, from Axiomatic(CSR), Minkowitz, "Love and Hate
April 4: Butler, "Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire"
Take-Home Test #2
Screen Boys Donít Cry
April 9: Appiah, "Liberalism Individuality, and Identity"; Williams,
Alchemy of Race and Rights, part 1 Guest: David Reidy, Philosophy
April 11: Williams, Alchemy of Race and Rights, parts 2 and 3.
April 16: Williams, Alchemy of Race and Rights, 4; Cornel West, "New Cultural
Politics of Difference"
April 18: Reading from Peter Wade, TBA Guest: Faye Harrison, Anthropology
Proposal for Final Research Project Due April 20
April 23: Hall, "Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies,"
April 25: During, "Introduction,"
April 30: Wrap-up.