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Alexei Lalo & Alena Aleinikova

Lalo’s email: Lalo@ehu.unibel.by

Office hours: Tue 14:30-16:00 Room 210.
Introduction to Cultural Studies Terminology in the English Language

(23 Seminars, 4 colloquia, 3 papers)
Tentative Plan of Lectures/Seminars, and Discussion Topics

Set 1: Culture Studies in the United States.

Class 1. What is “Cultural Studies”? What do Those Embrace? Definitions of Culture. Culture and Nature. Culture and Civilization. Culture and Society. Culture and Literature. Poeticized Culture v. Scientized Culture (in Richard Rorty).

Readings: Richard Rorty Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity // Cambridge UP, 1989, 48-53.

Anthony Giddens & Mitchell Duneier Introduction to Sociology // NY: W.W. Norton, 2000, pp. 47-73.


Class 2. Race and Ethnicity Matters: Double-Consciousness, Integration v. Segregation, White Supremacy Theory v. Afrocentrism, Discrimination and “Reverse” Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Race and Gender, Race and Sexuality.

Readings: Cornel West Race Matters // NY: 1994, 119-131

Anthony Giddens & Mitchell Duneier Introduction to Sociology // NY: W.W. Norton, 2000, pp. 211-249
Class 3. Gender Inequality and Patriarchy. Gender Studies: Feminism and its Origins/Predecessors. Branches of Feminism. Postfeminism.

Readings: Anthony Giddens & Mitchell Duneier Introduction to Sociology // NY: W.W. Norton, 2000, pp. 178-210


Class 4. Gender Studies: Multiple Genders. Sexual Harassment. “The Glass Ceiling” and “Glass Escalator”. Comparable Worth.

Readings: Anthony Giddens & Mitchell Duneier Introduction to Sociology // NY: W.W. Norton, 2000, pp. 178-210


Class 5. Postcolonialism: Cultural Otherness, Cultural Mimicry, Postcolonial Deconstruction of the Notions of Race, Nation and Sex; Universalism, Eurocentrism and Ethnocentrism.

Readings: М.В. Тлостанова Проблема мультикультурализма и литература США конца 20-го века ИМЛИ- Наследие, М. 2000: 4-19.

Susan Bassnett Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction // Oxford, 1993, 70-91.
Class 6. Postcolonialism: Resistance Culture, Decolonization, Imperialism (in Edward Said).

Literature: Edward Said Orientalism // NY, 1978: 284-329.

Edward Said Culture and Imperialism // NY, 1994, 43-61.

Class 7. Queer Theory: Homosexuality, Closet, Homophobia, Gay v. Queer, Homoerotic Triangulation, Demonization of Homosexuals and People with AIDS.

Readings: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "Epistemology of the Closet" Epistemology of the Closet // Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990, 67-76.

Michael Warner “Beyond Gay Marriage” The Trouble with the Normal: Sex, Politics, and The Ethics of Queer Life // NY: The Free Press, 1998, pp. 81-147


First paper due. Colloquium 1.



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