By class Tuesday, leave a comment here that includes two quotes from Benjamin’s “Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction” that you find particularly interesting, relevant, or difficult. Additionally, post two critical discussion questions that are generated from those quotes. Please site page numbers.


For this week’s class, please read the following, as per the syllabus:

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, “Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas”
Marx & Engels, “Base and Superstructure”
Althusser “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”
Gramsci “Hegemony, Intellectuals and the State” – Gramsci

All texts are available on electronic reserve through the Pratt Library. If you have any trouble accessing the files, please speak with a librarian.

Tony Benett, “Popular Culture and the ‘Turn to Gramsci’”
Adorno “On Popular Music”
“German Ideology,” “Critique of Political Economy,” & “Capital” Marx & Engels
“The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without Guarantees,” from Stuart Hall (pgs. 25-46)

Please come to class prepared to discuss these readings and remember also to bring in your show and tell before too late. I will allow a maximum of TWO per day–hence, we are running out of time.

For Tues Sept 22

Required Reading: Excerpts from Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (Bordieu 1987); and Foucault “Method” [fom A HIstory of Sexuality.}

Recommended Reading: Foucault’s “Two Lectures” (1976)

Arlin Campbell will start the discussion on Bordieu’s “Distinction,”Philip Depoala will start the discussion on Foucault’s “Method,” from A History of Sexuality

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Sometime before this class, try do something (or imagine doing something–God forbid you break a law) that resists the disciplinary forms of Power that Foucault writes about. In what spaces–physical or not– can you elude these practices? Or can you? And what status does “art” posess in this reading of culture, discourse, & power?


Read Raymond Williams, “Culture is Ordinary” for today. Clifton Atkinson will lead class discussion for this essay, as outlined in course syllabus.

Read also excerpts from Doing Cultural Studies edited by du Gay, Hall, Jane, Mackay, & Negus. Victoriya Baskin will lead class discussion for this essay. This packet should be available in my mailbox, 3rd floor Dekalb, Tomorrow by 6pm. I will email you when they are there.