January 21: Introduction
  January 23: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, "The Communist Manifesto" (1848)
John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)
  January 28:
Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994), chapter 1
  January 30: 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)
  February 4: Marx/Marx and Engels essays, part two
  February 6: Georg Lukács, "Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat" (1923)
Antonio Gramsci, selections from The Prison Notebooks (1929-35, 1949)
  February 11: Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1939)
Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" (1944)
  February 13: Louis Althusser, "Contradiction and Overdetermination: Notes for an Investigation" (1962)
Louis Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation)" (1969)
  February 18: 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)
  February 20: Jean Baudrillard, The Mirror of Production (1975)
  February 25: Linda Hutcheon, The Politics of Postmodernism (1989)
  February 27: Fredric Jameson, "Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture" (1979)
Fredric Jameson, "On 'Cultural Studies' " (1993)
Midterm paper due
  March 4: Richard Dyer, Stars (1979)
Jennifer Wicke, "Celebrity Material: Materialist Feminism and the Culture of Celebrity" (1994)
  March 6: Jennie Livingston, Paris Is Burning (1991)
Phillip Brian Harper, " 'The Subversive Edge': Paris Is Burning, Social Critique, and the Limits of Subjective Agency" (1994)
  March 11: bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies (1996)
  March 13: hooks, Reel to Real
  March 18-20: No class: spring break
  March 25: Theodor Adorno, "On Popular Music" (1941)
Bernard Gendron, "Theodor Adorno Meets the Cadillacs" (1986)
Term paper proposal due
  March 27: Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994)
  April 1: Marjorie Garber, Jann Matlock, and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds., Media Spectacles (1993)
  April 3: Garber, Matlock, and Walkowitz, eds., Media Spectacles
Annotated bibliography due
  April 8: Toni Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour, eds., Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case (1997)
  April 10: Morrison and Lacour, eds, Birth of a Nation'hood
  April 15: Janice Radway, Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature (1984)
  April 17: Radway, Reading the Romance
Term paper draft to peer reviewer
  April 22: Andrew Ross, No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture (1989)
Commented drafts due back to author
  April 24: Antonio Gramsci, "The Intellectuals" (1929-35, 1949)
Pierre Bourdieu, "The Forms of Capital" (1983)
Cornel West, "Minority Discourse and the Pitfalls of Canon Formation" (1987)
  April 29: John Guillory, Cultural Capital (1993)
  May 1: Guillory, Cultural Capital
Term paper due
  May 6: Concluding thoughts