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124260 KO Critical Media Analysis (2019S)

A Star Is Born: Critical Perspectives on American Celebrity Cultures

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 11.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 18.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 25.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 01.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 08.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 29.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 06.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 13.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 20.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 27.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 03.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 04.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 17.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 24.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Richard Dyer once proposed in a foundational text of celebrity studies that “[s]tars represent typical ways of behaving, feeling and thinking in contemporary society, ways that have been socially, culturally, historically constructed. […] Stars are also embodiments of the social categories in which people are placed and through which they have to make sense of their lives” (Heavenly Bodies 18). Furthermore, P. David Marshall argues that “[t]he star is meant to epitomize the potential of everyone in American society” (Celebrity and Power 9).

In this course, we will examine American celebrity cultures and their cultural and social implications by studying a plethora of representations of stars. We will theorize fame and celebrity, trace the beginnings of celebrity culture in the United States, uncover the possible functions of scandals and gossip for the construction of star images and explore the economy and production of celebrities. Furthermore, by studying examples from different contexts such as (former) child stars (Macaulay Culkin), politicians turned celebrities (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), sport stars (Serena Williams), fictional celebrities (Ally and Jack in A Star is Born (2018)), celebrities emerging from social media platforms (Tyler Oakley) and many more, we will discuss dominant myths and cultural politics of the United States. This will be done by critically analyzing cultural texts from a variety of media formats (e.g. print magazines, social media posts, videos, etc.).

At the end of the course students will be able to critically analyze representations of celebrities in American popular culture via methods such as visual and discourse analysis and close reading. Students will also have gained a theoretical understanding of celebrity and fame in its cultural context through secondary readings from the field of celebrity studies, media studies and American studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment will be based on a mid-term test, in-class and online participation, a group presentation, and a portfolio. The portfolio consists of student responses (to be handed throughout the semester), a celebrity diary and a critical essay. The diary and essay are both concerned with a celebrity of your choice.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In-class and online participation: 15%
Mid-term test: 20%
Groupp: 20%
Portfolio (student responses, critical essay, celebrity diary): 45%

Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60%

Scale:
1: 90-100%
2: 89-80%
3: 79-70%
4: 69-60%
5: 59-0%

In order to pass, you need to fulfill each individual requirement. You can miss two classes.

Examination topics

Course readings and additional material covered in class (will be made available on Moodle).

Reading list

All readings will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Last modified: We 03.07.2019 08:27