This course introduces students to a variety of scholarly contributions and concepts used for the analysis of American culture. It focuses on different media and forms of cultural representation including film and TV. Addressed are theories on representation and signs, discourse and power, memory and time, race and privilege, gender and queer studies, class and popular culture. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on the ways these theories are engaged in the production of knowledge about symbolic and material practices.
For BA Englisch students: please note that you only have to attend one of the seminars listed in this module, i.e. either American Cultural Theory or Introduction to British Cultural Studies and combine it with one of the lectures [= Vorlesung] (American Cultural History or British Cultural History). You can (but do not have to) mix and match (Brit. seminar with Am. lecture or vice versa). The lectures are only offered in the winter term. We do not recommend this module for 1st and 2nd semester students.
Students to whom “Nachteilsausgleich” or “Härtefall” rules apply, should please state so in the comments section of the AGNES registration.