ENG335 Popular Culture
Course Aims This course provides students with an introduction to contemporary debates on how subjectivities and everyday practices of popular culture take shape in mass society. It also delineates the ways popular culture constitutes a common and important part of our lives. By drawing upon consumer culture, pop music, media, sports, advertisements, films, anime, comics, theme parks etc. this course endeavours to show students that an informal awareness of class, gender and race is essential to any understanding of the sociology of popular cultural practices, both in the West and in Hong Kong. Issues such as postmodernism, identity politics, technoscience and media will be brought to bear on popular cultural texts which are already parts of students’ literacies and practices.