Reading Popular Texts (3) Popular texts (printed, visual, and aural texts) and their social, political, and cultural significance in the contemporary world.
ENGL 130 Reading Popular Texts (3)
ELISH 130: Reading Popular Texts explores a variety of popular texts with the goal of enabling students to sharpen their ability to interpret the social, political, and cultural significance of such texts in the contemporary world. For the purposes of this course, the term "texts" is defined broadly, to include printed texts (books, periodicals, and hypertext), visual texts (film, television, visual arts and graphics), and aural texts (music, sound, and spoken word). Since these texts are primarily examples of popular culture-pervasive, self -replicating, commercialized artifacts of the contemporary scene-they are familiar to the general student outside the classroom. Too often, however, students have not seen such texts subjected to the same kind of critical reading as more elite cultural forms (e.g., canonized literature, art, and music). As a result, the general student in particular benefits from learning that cultural phenomena to which she or he is exposed on a daily basis have layers of significance as yet unexplored or unrealized. The purpose of the course is fulfilled if such students come away from it with a sharpened awareness of the role that popular texts play in their daily lives and the means to discuss and explain their influence-in short, to read their culture more critically.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.