Comparative Literature | Memory and the Modern Self
C151 | 8897 | Kristin Reed


Department of Comparative Literature Spring 2007
C 151 Introduction to Popular Culture
Topic: Memory and the Modern Self
Instructor: Kristin Reed
Section 8897
11:15-12:30 TR	SY 003
*Above class meets A&H and Cultural Studies requirements*

“How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!  The world forgetting, by
the world forgot.  Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!  Each
pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd”
----Alexander Pope, "Eloisa to Abelard"

Through vintage tee shirts and other retro fashions we draw from
culture’s collective memory to define ourselves.  Even in childhood
photo albums many construct a sense of identity from events they are
unable to remember.  This semester we will explore the relationship
between memories, both individual and collective, and our sense of
selfhood. To better understand how memory shapes our identities, our
study will draw on all areas of popular culture, from clothing and
commercials to graphic novels and short stories. We will explore not
only those memories that seem reliably documented, but also those
that are corroded, and shaped by the inevitable pressure of
forgetfulness.   The course will include two papers, a midterm, and
a final exam.  There are no prerequisites.