Comparative Literature | Introduction to Popular Culture
C151 | 26966 | Laila Amine


CMLT-C151 (26966): THE CITY AND POPULAR CULTURE
Instructor: L. Amine  , MW 9:30-10:45,

Fulfills AH and CS requirements

This course examines the interaction of identity, space and place in
western popular culture. Large cities such as New York, San
Francisco, London or Paris, with their highly concentrated
populations, provide sites of exchange, communication and also
confrontation between groups of different backgrounds. Popular
culture is rich with examples of individuals transgressing city
boundaries and switching codes of class, race, gender, and age
accordingly.
How does Western Popular Culture envision the city and its influence
on attitudes, institutions and culture? By questioning the language,
images, and attitudes presented in film, literature, and art,
students learn to critique the signs and symbols of the world they
inhabit.
Students are required to take two exams, to write two papers, and
fulfill a variety of activities and assignments given in class.