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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

COLT 42.02 Trash Culture

Cheese, kitsch, camp, corn, trash – all of these terms refer to easily recognized objects and phenomena, yet the theorization of how and why these modes of labeling are so important and widespread in diverse cultures has rarely been undertaken. How do these concepts translate into different languages and literary/cultural traditions? How might they be presented in formal academic discourse? Which critical theories seem appropriate to the study of a body of artifacts ranging from the Parisian panoramas examined by Walter Benjamin, to kitsch art and camp spectacles, to the wrestlers and detergent brands of Barthes’s Mythologies, to Lady Gaga, YouTube, and American Idol? The focus of this course will be upon the interactions between the production of “artworks” as commodities and the interpellation of individuals as subjects who purchase or adopt these works as integral parts of their social identities.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.