School of English and Drama

Contemporary American Popular Culture

Module code: ESH6036

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

    Film Screening
  • Semester 1: Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm
  • Semester 1: Friday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Dr Sam Mcbean
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module focuses on critical approaches to contemporary American popular culture. We will question the importance of popular culture to our experiences of the present, ask after the relationship between contemporary literature and more popular forms, and finally, evaluate how popular culture might be understood as 'thinking' or 'theorizing' the contemporary. As well as drawing on and developing skills in literary analysis, the module will foster an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary, asking: Why is the popular important and what can it tell us about contemporary America? How might we conceptualize popular culture as `theory┬┐? How is contemporary literature related to other, more popular forms? The module will be an opportunity to look at a mix of literary texts, reality television, film, podcasts, and aspects of digital culture, developing an interdisciplinary frame for thinking contemporary America.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6