Comparative Literature | Introduction to Popular Culture
C151 | 0161 | Adriana Varga
D 10:20-11:35 KH 312
Culture: Modernity, Kitsch and Pulp.
*This section satisfies COAS A&H requirements and carries Cultural
This section provides an introduction to the study of popular
culture and its quirky aesthetics by looking at its various faces:
modernism, post-modernism, surrealism, dada, the absurd, kitsch and
pulp. We will explore various genres such as print and television
ads, magazine articles, cartoons, film, music, poetry, painting and
the novel. We will analyze works by artists that best represent
these genres and currents in order to understand how the interplay
of low and high art shapes popular culture: from Virginia Woolf,
T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Urmuz, and Ionesco, to Thomas Pynchon,
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Peter Esterhazy, Jim Thompson, The Who, Andy
Warhol, and Southpark. While the focus of the class is American
popular culture, we will also read, hear and view materials from
various other cultures.
Course requirements include two papers, a midterm and a final exam.