Jan. 16: Introduction
Jam. 18: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, "The Communist Manifesto" (1848)
John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)
Jan. 23: Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994): chapter 1
Jan. 25: Karl Marx, Capital, vol. 1 (1867): chapter 1, "Commodities"; chapter 6, "The Buying and Selling of Labour-Power"
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, The German Ideology (1845-46): part I, section A, "Idealism and Materialism"
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852): part III
Karl Marx, preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (1859)
Jan. 30: Marx/Marx and Engels essays, continued
Feb. 1: Georg Lukács, "Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat" (1923)
Antonio Gramsci, selections from Selections from the Prison Notebooks (1929-1935, 1949)
Feb. 6: Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1939)
Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" (1944)
Feb. 8: Louis Althusser, "Contradiction and Overdetermination: Notes for an Investigation" (1962)
Louis Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes toward an Investigation)" (1969)
Feb. 13: Raymond Williams, "Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory" (1973)
Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (1977): section II, "Cultural Theory"
Stuart Hall, "Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms" (1980)
Stuart Hall, "Signification, Representation, Ideology: Althusser and the Post-Structuralist Debates " (1985)
Feb. 15: Jean Baudrillard, The Mirror of Production (1975)
Feb. 20: Linda Hutcheon, The Politics of Postmodernism (1989)
Feb. 22: Fredric Jameson, "Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture" (1979)
Fredric Jameson, "On 'Cultural Studies'" (1993)
Paper #1 due
Feb. 27: Richard Dyer, Stars (1979)
Jennifer Wicke, "Celebrity Material: Materialist Feminism and the Culture of Celebrity" (1994)
Mar. 1: Jennie Livingston, Paris Is Burning (1991)
Phillip Brian Harper, "'The Subversive Edge': Paris Is Burning, Social Critique, and the Limits of Subjective Agency" (1994)
Mar. 6: bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies (1996)
Mar. 8:

hooks, Reel to Real

Mar. 13-15: No class: spring break
Mar. 20:

Theodor Adorno, "On Popular Music" (1941)
Bernard Gendron, "Theodor Adorno Meets the Cadillacs" (1986)

Term paper proposal due

Mar. 22: Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994)
Mar. 27: Marjorie Garber, Jann Matlock, and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds., Media Spectacles (1993)
Mar. 29: Garber, Matlock, and Walkowitz, eds., Media Spectacles
Annotated bibliography due
April 3: Toni Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour, eds., Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case (1997)
April 5: Morrison and Lacour, eds., Birth of a Nation'hood
April 10: Janice Radway, Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature (1984)
April 12: Radway, Reading the Romance
Term paper draft to peer reviewer
April 17:

Andrew Ross, No Respect, Intellectuals and Popular Culture (1989)
Commented drafts due back to author

April 19: Antonio Gramsci, "The Intellectuals" (1929-1935, 1949)
Pierre Bourdieu, "The Forms of Capital" (1983)
Cornel West, "Minority Discourse and the Pitfalls of Canon Formation" (1987)
April 24: John Guillory, Cultural Capital (1993)
April 26: Guillory, Cultural Capital
Term paper due
May 1: Concluding thoughts