This conference has been established to explore how the English academic community uses popular culture to inform, understand, teach and articulate the literary canon, rhetorical studies, critical theory, pedagogy, and the other fields comprising English studies. While the conference is not a discussion of popular culture in and of itself, it does deign to examine how popular culture can affect and has affected English studies, and how those who study English incorporate notions arising out of popular culture into their work. Papers could include discussions of film versions of canon works, exploring new and innovative ways of using popular culture in teaching environments, examinations of the popular culture of any given era (from Medieval to Postcolonial to Postmodern) and how that popular culture has filtered down and adpted to the modern day, how useful popular culture can be to compositional studies, or any other concept combining popular culture and English studies.
Panel Topics from Last Year's Conference Included:
Popular Culture and Theories of Narration
Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Examining Film Versions of Canon Works
American Realism and Popular Culture
Postmodern Popular Culture
How Popular Culture Influenced Sepcific Authors
Paper Topics from Last Year's Conference Included:
"Canon Works, the Musical Theater, and The Canterbury Tales"
"The Gothic: Where Literary Mode and Pop-Culture Phenomenon Collide"
"Hip Americana: The Cultural Criticism of Greil Marcus"
"The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and Semiotics"
"How the Study of Literature Damages Popular Fiction"
FRIDAY and SATURDAY OCTOBER 20-21, 2000, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.
Both Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to attend. For questions or more information, please e-mail email@example.com
Department of English
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-5931 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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