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Culture and Power

ENGL 016.302
instructor(s):
MW 2-3:30
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

As this seminar explores the many ways in which culture is implicated in relations of power, we will address such questions as: how are our worldviews, including our sense of who we are, shaped by what we read and see? How are some people’s views of the world imposed over others’?  How do corporations and governments shape culture, and why have revolutionary thinkers insisted that culture is an important battlefield in efforts to effect significant social change?  We will study culture in a broad sense, including questions of identity, ideology, and social norms, while focusing especially on the politics of cultural production, including film, literature, news media, theater, and visual art. You will have the opportunity to develop your own creative project in this course.