|Prof. Misty Anderson
417 McClung Tower, Dept. of English, 4-6953
Office Hours MW 2-3
|Prof. Mark Hulsether
501 McClung Tower, 4-2466
Office Hours T. afternoon
This team-taught course, supported by a grant from the ICE (Intellectual and Cultural Expression) initiative at UT, brings together ideas from critical theory, cultural studies, film, and literature to analyze the development and strategic use of discourses of race, class, and gender in contemporary society. The course offers students the tools with which to read contemporary culture in its literary, cinematic, and other popular forms. It makes use of different disciplinary strategies through team teaching and guest lectures from faculty in film studies, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and geography to model the process of interdisciplinary intellectual work.
The course will be divided into five units. The first unit, the "tool kit," outlines the central theoretical concepts from post-structuralist, materialist, and gender criticism that we will use throughout the semester. The work of both Frankfurt and Birmingham School theorists provides the opening grounds for conversation. Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, and others associated with the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham raised the call for academic study to bridge the gulf between high culture and lived experience, between an historical past and a contemporary world, and between theory and practice. The interdisciplinary thrust of cultural studies foregrounds the need to think through the social, political, aesthetic, and national contexts of cultural expression. Stuart Hall asserts that the difficulty of defining cultural studies is deliberate; it has no "house approved" methodology, though an interest in class stratification and power arrangements within cultures are unifying themes. The remaining four units, War and Masculinity; Production, Consumption, and Late Capitalism; Sexuality in the Heartland; and Race, Rights, and Liberalism are more specific explorations of interdisciplinary arguments about contemporary culture.
Students who register under the University Studies number can still receive English credit for the course by petition.
Jan. 10: Kellner, introduction.
Jan. 17: Kellner, chap. 1; Chomsky, "Propaganda Model" (CP)
Jan. 22: Lemert, from Postmodernism Is Not What You Think (CP)
You can find additional help on key "strategic postmodernists" on the web:Jan. 24: Adorno and Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry" (CSR); Hall, "Encoding, Decoding," (CSR)
- The Bad Subjects Lacan summary. Don't like that? Try Prof. Anderson's Lacan page. Still not satisfied? Well, get over it, or at least get used to it. Lacan says that is the condition of being, the desire that propels us to the misrecognition that is our existence. But if you just want to have some fun with it, check out Kid a in Alphabet Land, a set of cartoon trading cards that chart the Lacanian landscape. Mmm Mmm satisfying.
- The Bad Subjects Stuart Hall-o-rama
- KISS of the Panopticon Foucault page. You can also look at Anderson's notes on Foucault's The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1.
- Anderson's attempt to turn the principles of deconstruction into a one-page handout.
Jan. 29: Bennett, "Popular Culture and the Turn to Gramsci" (CP); Hall, "Gramsci's Relevance to Race and Class' (CSR)
Quiz on critical terms. Click here for the list of terms to review. The quiz will involve matching terms to descriptions and key figures.Jan. 31: Baudrillard, "Precession of Simulacra" (CP); Kellner, chap. 7 and 9
Feb. 5: Lyotard, "Defining the Postmodern," (CSR); Jameson, from Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (CP)
Feb. 7: De Lauretis, "Upping the Anti (Sic) in Feminist Theory," (CSR); Haraway, "Manifesto for Cyborgs" (CSR)
Feb. 12: Kellner, chap. 8; Dolly Parton TBA
Guest: Chris Holmlund, Romance Languages
Feb. 14: Appadurai, "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy," (CSR); Fraser, "Rethinking the Public Sphere" (CSR)
Feb. 19: Rogin, "Ronald Reaganóthe Movie"; Engelhardt, from
End of the Victory Culture (both CP)
Guest: George White, History
Feb. 21: Faludi, chs. 1-2
Feb. 26: Kellner ch. 2-3
Feb. 28: Kellner ch. 6, Faludi ch. 8
Screen Three Kings
- Take a look at the Warner Brothers Three Kings site for interviews and more information.
Take-Home Test #1
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 (both CP)
Guest: Jon Shefner, Sociology
Mar. 12: Morris, "Things to do with Shopping Centers," (CSR);
Hebdige, "The Function of Subculture," (CSR)
Mar. 14: Walser, "Forging Masculinity: Heavy Metal Sounds and Images of Gender," (CP) Straw, "Characterizing Rock Music Culture" (CSR)
Guest: Leslie Gay, Music
April 2: Sedgwick, from Axiomatic(CSR), Minkowitz, "Love and Hate in Laramie."
April 4: Butler, "Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire"
Screen Boys Don't Cry
Take-Home Test #2
April 16: Williams, Alchemy of Race and Rights, part 4; Cornel West, "New Cultural Politics of Difference" (CSR),
April 18: Reading from Peter Wade, TBA
April 23: Hall, "Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies," (CS)
Proposal for Final Research Project Due April 20
April 30: Wrap-up.
Reserve Room Class Packet, Hodges Library
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, A Propaganda Model," from Manufacturing Consent, excerpted in Sources: Notable Selections in Mass Media ed. Jarice Hanson and David Maxcy, (Guilford: Dushkin Publishing Group, 1996), 180-192.
Charles Lemert, "Postmodernism is Not What You Think" and "Impossible Glossary of Social Reality" from Postmodernism is Not What You Think (New York: Blackwell, 1997), 19-49, 64-68.
Tony Bennett, "Popular Culture and the ëTurn to Gramscií" in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a Reader ed. John Storey (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998), 217-224.
Jean Baudrillard, "The Precession of Simulacra" in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a Reader ed. John Storey (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998), 350-358.
Frederic Jameson, from Postmodernism, or the Logic of Late Capitalism,
Durham: Duke UP, 1991; 1997, pp 16-25.
Michael Rogin, "íRonald Reaganí--the Movie," Radical History Review 38, 88-113.
Tom Engelhardt, The End of Victory Culture : Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation (New York: Basic Books, 1995)
Michael Moore, "Is the Left Nuts, Or Is It Just Me?," Nation (11/17/97), 16-18.
Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare, New York: Vintage, 1993, second updated edition, pp 407--466.
Robert Walser, from Running With the Devil : Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, University Press of New England, 1993.
Lillian S. Robinson, "Touring Thailandís Sex Industry," in Materialist Feminism, ed. Rosemary Hennessy and Chrys Ingraham, New York: Routledge, 1997, pp 253-258.
Donna Minkowitz, "Love and Hate in Laramie," The Nation (7/12/99) 25-30.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, "Liberalism Individuality, and Identity," Critical Inquiry, Winter 2001, Volume 27, No. 2, pp. 305-332.
Peter Wade, TBA