ANT 310L • Intro to Cultural Studies
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course introduces students to the variety of theoretical and substantive issues covered under the interdisciplinary rubric of Cultural Studies. Focusing primarily on the Mexican American historical, cultural, and literary experience, students will read and discuss a wide range of materials that explore and represent the general framework of Cultural Studies. A partial listing of this framework includes literary production, cultural critique, historical analysis, media studies and ways of knowing. After a discussion of various notions of culture and the role of interpretation in critical theory, the course will move on to distinct "problems" within cultural criticism, and their utility in the study of Mexican American cultural productions. One particular focus of this class is the relationship between representation and the production of difference: racial, gender, class, and other forms of social cleavage.