in-class discussion, 11.17.04

Today we’re wrapping up Radway, and I want to pay particular attention to her conclusions, and what significance those conclusions bear for the project of cultural studies (and particularly Marxist-inflected cultural studies). Start today by spending 15-20 minutes in your small group discussing her conclusions, with respect to the following questions:
1. What are her conclusions?
2. How are those conclusions made complex or left ambiguous? Are there ways in which her conclusions might have been made more satisfying?
3. What do the complexities or ambiguities of Radway’s conclusions suggest about the project of cultural studies?
Think, too, about what other questions Radway’s conclusions raise for you. We’ll come back together after 15-20 minutes to talk as a large group.

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