AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE—Spring, 2005

Professor Allen Woll
Robeson Library 298 (6670/6671)
awoll@camden.rutgers.edu

If you would like a general introduction to the course, see:  Jim Cullen, The Art of Democracy

For information on library research resouces, go here:  http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~still/popcult.htm

January 19
Introduction
January 26
Clifford Geertz, “Deep Play, Notes on the Balinese Cockfight”

Walter Benjamin, “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
February 2 No class
February 9
Michael Kammen, American Culture, American Taste
February 16 Levine, Highbrow, Lowbrow
February 23
Solvit, River of Shadows
March 2
Susan Douglas, Listening In
March 9
Popular Culture, Censorship, and the Movies:

                                Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood
                                Black, Hollywood Censored
                                Couvares, Movie Censorship and American Culture

March 23
Thomas Doherty, Cold War, Cool Medium

March 30
Scott McCloud, Reinventing Comics and Understanding Comics

Bradford Wright, Comic Book Nation

See also:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/zot/heartsandminds.shtml

(“Hearts and Minds”)

http://www.zark.com/front/comics.html

April 6
Mark Grant, The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical
April 13
John Leland, Hip, the History
April 20
Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers
April 27
Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media (Critical Paper Assignment)





















Short papers on the readings will be announced two weeks in advance.  Class participation will be evaluated both in terms of quantity and quality.