The Wednesday lecture this week introduced the concept of culture and how it can be divided into different levels and claimed by certain social groups. Next week, you'll be reading Stuart Hall, who was instrumental in creating the scholarly field of cultural studies — one of the first academics to suggest that the study of popular culture was as important as examining so-called "high" culture.
Consider the difference between "high" and "low" culture, how those delineations have been presented to you, and where you straddle that line in your daily experience.
Last year, on my personal blog, I looked back at a 1915 essay that was influential in establishing that binary — and the lasting effect it has on America's view of itself and its culture.
Participation! Read the Van Wyck Brooks essay linked there (or here). What do you think about his perspective on American culture? Do we still divide the culture between this binary? For what purpose — what work is that doing, and for whom?
We'll talk early on about some strategies for reading effectively — and taking notes about what you read (very important to do!).
For now, peruse these excellent guides for perfecting your university-level reading process:
— "Advice for Students: How to Read Like a Scholar"
— "How to Read in College"
— "Critical Reading in the Social Sciences"
Participation! Use the comments here to post helpful examples and tips from your reading process, things you've learned by experience thus far. Feel free to include screenshots of annotated pages, notes, etc.