American Culture (HUM370) goes totally ONLINE this Summer!

Join us as we explore the multivalent applications, meanings, and values of American [sub]culture(s). In stark contrast to mainstream spaces of school, work, and home, subcultures create different social formations and expressions that rebel against a positivist direction. We will observe “style” and body movements as challenging ideas of respectability to assert distinctive identities. Some principal postures that will be examined in detail are: how gender, race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity are “performed” through the music, art, lyrics, and literature of the 19th and 20th-century in the United States. Following identity, we will also correlate regionalities where countercultures are invented and evolved. Additionally, we will acknowledge the role of media in reinscribing mainstream culture, but also, at times, popularizing subculture.