IPP Workshop Series: Melanie Kreitler: Reading from T.S. Eliot to Star Wars: Theories of Pop Culture
Jan 24, 2019
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||Elizabeth Kovach|
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Reading from T.S. Eliot to Star Wars: Theories of Pop Culture
When we think of Popular Culture, we most likely turn to examples of our everyday life: a book we have read, a blockbuster at the cinema, a series on Netflix. The popular in Popular Culture immediately suggests that its products are well liked by the masses. This assumption gave rise to the notion that Popular Culture is trivial and inferior to other forms of culture and can, therefore, not be regarded as art in its own right. It is always compared to something other, something more; that is culture in its pure form. However, since there is not one definition of culture, we have reached an impasse. Differing interpretations of these two terms prompt numerous ways to approach the topic. As there is not one way to resolve this issue, this workshop offers six theoretical approaches as solutions that attempt to grasp Popular Culture’s broad conceptual landscape. By looking at Popular Culture through the lenses of mass, folk, or working-class culture, this workshop will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each theoretical approach and its application.