The Culture Industry

David Phillips • Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Course Calendar

NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change

January 27 Introduction and Overview
February 3 Printing and the People

* Michael Denning, Mechanic Accents, pp. 1-84

* Raymond Williams, "Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 407-423

February 10 *Janice Radway, Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature
February 17 Labor and Leisure

* Roy Rosenzweig, Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920, pp. 1-90

*Lawrence Levine, "William Shakespeare and the American People," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 157-197

February 24 * Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York, pp. 3-138

*Rosalind Williams, "The Dream World of Mass Consumption," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 198-235

March 2 * Roy Rosenzweig, Eight Hours for What We Will, pp. 127-152, 171-228

* Kathy Peiss, Cheap AmusementsI, pp. 139-188

March 9-16 Spring Break
March 23 The Voice of America

*Susan Smulyan, Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting, 1920-1934, pp. 1-92

* To be announced

March 30 *Susan Smulyan, Selling Radio, pp. 93-168

* To be announced

April 6 TV Nation

* David Marc, Demographic Vistas: Television in American Culture, pp. xi-98

* Mary Douglas, "Jokes," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 291-310

April 13 * David Marc, Demographic Vistas, pp. 99-189

* Todd Gitlin, "Movies of the Week," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 335-356

April 20 You Are Where You Live

* Michael Weiss, The Clustered World: How We Live, What We Buy, and What It All Means about Who We Are, pp.3-100, [browse 160-308]

*Marshall Sahlins, "La Pensée Bourgeoise: Western Society as Culture," in Rethinking Popular Culture, pp. 278-290

April 27 Conclusions and Summary
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