Dr. Hollinger: T/Th 2:00-3:15

Popular Culture Theory & Criticism

This course is an introduction to critical theories of popular stardom and celebrity. We will study different aspects of the celebrity phenomenon, such as the historical development of celebrity, the public persona, scandal, notoriety, infamy, narcissism, fandom, and the celebrity industry . Course work will include two exams, a research paper, quizzes, and active participation in discussion.

Required Text: P. David Marshall, The Celebrity Culture Reader (Routledge, 2006).