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Popular Culture : An Introduction - Carla A. Freccero

Popular Culture

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780814726693
Number Of Pages: 202

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From Madonna and drag queens to cyberpunk and webzines, popular culture constitutes a common and thereby critical part of our lives. Yet the study of popular culture has been condemned and praised, debated and ridiculed. In Popular Culture: An Introduction, Carla Freccero reveals why we study popular culture and how it is taught in the classroom.

Blending music, science fiction, and film, Freccero shows us that an informed awareness of politics, race, and sexuality is essential to any understanding of popular culture. Freccero places rap music, the "Alien "Trilogy and Sandra Cisneros in the context of postcolonialism, identity politics, and technoculture to show students how they can draw on their already existing literacies and on the cultures they know in order to think critically.

Complete with a glossary of useful terms, a sample syllabus and extensive bibliography, this book is "the" concise introduction to the study of popular culture.

Popular Culture: An Introductionp. 1
Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, and Pedagogyp. 13
Overview and Backgroundp. 13
Serial Killers and the Question of Representationp. 23
Sexual Subculturesp. 33
The Body and the Statep. 33
Queer Subculturesp. 40
Madonna's Popular Bodiesp. 46
Truth or Darep. 51
Identity Politics and Postcolonialityp. 59
Race and Identity Politicsp. 59
Postcoloniality, Imperialism, Third World: Background and Contextp. 66
Octavia Butler's Xenogenesisp. 72
Multiculturalism's Migrationsp. 77
Diasporic Identities and Sandra Cisnerosp. 77
Do the Right Thingp. 81
Rap, Rock, Resistancep. 88
Sound and Storyp. 91
Technoculturesp. 99
Technocultures and Postmodernismp. 99
William Gibson's Neuromancerp. 103
The Cultural Politics of the Alien Filmsp. 111
Sample Syllabusp. 131
Notesp. 135
Glossaryp. 149
Filmographyp. 173
Discographyp. 175
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 202
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ISBN: 9780814726693
ISBN-10: 0814726690
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.45