At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- comprehend and critically reflect on the complex interaction between American popular culture, ideology, and identity;
- deal with conceptual frameworks like intertextuality, genre, style and meaning;
- use a set of methods and tools for analysing textual, visual and spatial manifestations of popular culture;
- formulate a theoretically informed and methodologically sound research project that critically engages with the discussed material.
- Classes take the form of interactive seminars.
- The course uses Blackboard as its electronic learning environment.
- Students prepare class discussion and do their assignments individually.
In this course we will critically engage with 20th and 21st century American popular culture within the terrains of film, animation, comics, architecture, and the arts. The course has a chronological arc, tracing trends and tendencies in the popular imagery from the 1930s up to the present. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, drawing on research in and across the fields of American Studies, Cultural Studies, as well as Film and Television Studies.|