Cultural Studies

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Signs of Struggle

Focuses on signifiers of cultural difference, such as sexuality, class, gender, and race, and how they are connected to theories of writing.

Productive Postmodernism

Investigates a broad range of contemporary fiction, film, and architecture to address the role of history in postmodern cultural productions.

Shakespeare in the Cinema

A comprehensive look at film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

Dead Ringers

Addresses the important role of remakes in film culture, from early cinema to contemporary Hollywood.

Colonialism Past and Present

Critiques lingering manifestations of colonialism in contemporary Latin American scholarship.

Life After the Soviet Union

Examines the political, social, and economic issues confronted by each of the newly independent republics in the Transcaucasus and Central Asian regions.

Reading Simulacra

Traces the ways in which our culture has increasingly become a culture of simulations, and offers strategies for discerning meaning in a world where the difference between what is real and what is simulated has collapsed.

Postcolonial, Queer

Uses postcolonial theory to critique the globalization of gay culture.

Whiteness Just Isn't What It Used To Be

Narratively explores how the changes in South Africa's social and political structure are changing the white population's identity and sense of self.

Posts and Pasts

Deconstructs the field of postcolonial studies.

Comfa Religion and Creole Language in a Caribbean Community

A description and analysis of the Guyanese religion known as "Comfa. "

Textual Traffic

Examines travel narratives as a genre.

Semiotics and Dis/ability

Examines the ways that the labels "disability" and "difference" are socially and culturally constructed.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls

Examines gender roles in contemporary foreign and Hollywood films amid changing social, political, cultural, and economic conditions.

Freud, Psychoanalysis, Social Theory

Discusses the reasons for the decline of the cultural influence of psychoanalysis.

The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson

A critical overview of the work of Fredric Jameson, with an emphasis on his notoriously difficult writing style.

Postmodern Journeys

Part memoir, part cultural criticism, this fast-paced ride through the postmodern landscape of American popular culture explores how our responses to headline events and popular films help script the ways in which we imagine ourselves and the world around us.

Animal, Vegetable, or Woman?

Challenges current claims that humans ought to be vegetarians because animals have moral standing.

Popular Modernity in America

Examines a wide variety of cultural and technological phenomena that have helped shape American popular culture over the last 150 years.

The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook

A groundbreaking treatment of heritage survival in African and African American cooking.

French Cultural Studies

Addresses the theoretical and pedagogical implications of redefining French Studies as an interdisciplinary field, while providing practical examples of the kind of criticism that such a shift would entail.

Reading on the Edge

Examines the notion of exile and hybrid cultural identity in Proust, Joyce, and Baldwin, with implications for our understanding of modernism and the modernist canon.

The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society

Investigates the cultural and social constructions of issues related to war, the armed forces, and national security in Israel.

Creativity and Beyond

Explores how historical, artistic, and technological developments and cross-cultural exchange have altered our conceptions of creativity.

Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora

Explores the search for identity under changing conditions by examining the lives of kibbutz-born young people living in L.A.