Aug 20, 2019  
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ENGL 261 - Cultural Studies


This course will provide students with a working knowledge of critical methods in “cultural materialism” and “cultural studies,” specifically focusing on Marxist approaches to the criticism of literature and culture. In what sense has Marx’s understanding of “ideology” and intellectual production provided modern cultural criticism with new models for understanding the value and function of art, literature, and discourse in relation to the formation of civil society? How have these analytical and theoretical models been complicated and revised in light of key developments in the 20th century, from the rise of mass culture, the emergence of new technologies for the production and dissemination of culture, to more recent shifts in cultural production augmented by transformations in the global political economy? Prerequisite: One of the following as appropriate: ENGL 250, ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 253.



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