American Studies
American Studies

Julie Kantor


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MFA Columbia University

MA CUNY Brooklyn College

BA Columbia University

 

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AMS 311S • America's Reality Tv

30665 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 436A

Description
Reality Television is the most ubiquitous and popular programming on American Television, garnering 50 percent of prime time viewers in 2013. Though most Americans claim hatred of reality shows, the influence of the programming and its reflection of American culture is undeniable; the shows' mediated narratives reverberate with American's desires, fears, and showcase our discourses and discursive production. Through the study of reality television, we can understand ideals and forms of American citizenship, race, gender, sexuality and class. This class will use a variety of disciplines, including American studies, media studies, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theoretical lenses, such as affect, performance, and Foulcauldian genealogy to unpack the narratives produced by and around these shows. The class will look at a variety of reality programs, including makeover, identity-based (i.e. The Real Housewives, Shahs of Sunset), competition, and therapeutic shows (Hoarders, Intervention, Couples Therapy) to ask questions about American social life and culture. This class will also explore realms of culture and life where we can follow the bleed over of reality television; that these reality stars' real lives are continually followed on and off the shows speaks to cultural obsessions and fixations that are a part of the reality of American lives.

 

Possible Texts:

Susan Lepselter, "The Disorder of Things: Hoarding Narratives in Popular Media"

David Grazian, "Neoliberalism and the Realities of Reality Television"

Neal Saye, "No "Survivors," No "American Idol," No "Road Rules" in "The Real

World" of "Big Brother": Consumer/reality, Hyper/reality, and Post/reality in

"Reality" TV"

“Reality TV, or The Secret Theater of Neoliberalism” by Nick Couldry from Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 30:1, 3-13

“Jersey Shore: Part Fantasy, Part Train Wreck, Cloaked in Neoliberalism” by Mark Sherry and Katie Martin from The Journal of Popular Culture, December, 2014. 10.1111.

 "The Unwatched Life Is Not Worth Living: The Elevation of the Ordinary in Celebrity Culture" by Joshua Gamson in Theories and Methodologies 126.4

"The Mass Production of Celebrity: ‘Celetoids’, Reality TV and the ‘Demotic Turn’1" by Graeme Turner in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 9(2): 153–165, 2006

"Reality TV and the Production of 'Ordinary Celebrity': Notes from the Field" by Laura Grindstaff, from Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Volume 56, 2012

Oct 2 – “Reality Celebrity: Branded Affect and the Emotion Economy” by Laura Grindstaff and Susan Murray from Public Culture, 01/2015, Volume 27, Number 1 75: 109-135

 

Assignments (include % of grade):

6 one-page (single space) responses to reading: 30%

Final paper proposal (1 page): 10%

Annotated Bibliography (5-6 sources): 10%

Participation: 10%

Contribution to Zine: 15%

Final paper (10-12 pages): 25%

AMS 311S • America's Reality Tv

30545 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM BUR 436A

Description
Reality Television is the most ubiquitous and popular programming on American Television, garnering 50 percent of prime time viewers in 2013. Though most Americans claim hatred of reality shows, the influence of the programming and its reflection of American culture is undeniable; the shows' mediated narratives reverberate with American's desires, fears, and showcase our discourses and discursive production. Through the study of reality television, we can understand ideals and forms of American citizenship, race, gender, sexuality and class. This class will use a variety of disciplines, including American studies, media studies, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theoretical lenses, such as affect, performance, and Foulcauldian genealogy to unpack the narratives produced by and around these shows. The class will look at a variety of reality programs, including makeover, identity-based (i.e. The Real Housewives, Shahs of Sunset), competition, and therapeutic shows (Hoarders, Intervention, Couples Therapy) to ask questions about American social life and culture. This class will also explore realms of culture and life where we can follow the bleed over of reality television; that these reality stars' real lives are continually followed on and off the shows speaks to cultural obsessions and fixations that are a part of the reality of American lives.

 

Possible Texts:

Susan Lepselter, "The Disorder of Things: Hoarding Narratives in Popular Media"

David Grazian, "Neoliberalism and the Realities of Reality Television"

Neal Saye, "No "Survivors," No "American Idol," No "Road Rules" in "The Real

World" of "Big Brother": Consumer/reality, Hyper/reality, and Post/reality in

"Reality" TV"

“Reality TV, or The Secret Theater of Neoliberalism” by Nick Couldry from Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 30:1, 3-13

“Jersey Shore: Part Fantasy, Part Train Wreck, Cloaked in Neoliberalism” by Mark Sherry and Katie Martin from The Journal of Popular Culture, December, 2014. 10.1111.

 "The Unwatched Life Is Not Worth Living: The Elevation of the Ordinary in Celebrity Culture" by Joshua Gamson in Theories and Methodologies 126.4

"The Mass Production of Celebrity: ‘Celetoids’, Reality TV and the ‘Demotic Turn’1" by Graeme Turner in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 9(2): 153–165, 2006

"Reality TV and the Production of 'Ordinary Celebrity': Notes from the Field" by Laura Grindstaff, from Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Volume 56, 2012

Oct 2 – “Reality Celebrity: Branded Affect and the Emotion Economy” by Laura Grindstaff and Susan Murray from Public Culture, 01/2015, Volume 27, Number 1 75: 109-135

 

Assignments (include % of grade):

6 one-page (single space) responses to reading: 30%

Final paper proposal (1 page): 10%

Annotated Bibliography (5-6 sources): 10%

Participation: 10%

Contribution to Zine: 15%

Final paper (10-12 pages): 25%

AMS 311S • America's Reality Tv

29790 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 436A

Description:

Reality Television is the most ubiquitous and popular programming on American Television, garnering 50 percent of prime time viewers in 2013. Though most Americans claim hatred of reality shows, the influence of the programming and its reflection of American culture is undeniable; the shows' mediated narratives reverberate with American's desires, fears, and showcase our discourses and discursive production. Through the study of reality television, we can understand ideals and forms of American citizenship, race, gender, sexuality and class. This class will use a variety of disciplines, including American studies, media studies, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theoretical lenses, such as affect, performance, and Foulcauldian genealogy to unpack the narratives produced by and around these shows. The class will look at a variety of reality programs, including makeover, identity-based (i.e. The Real Housewives, Shahs of Sunset), competition, and therapeutic shows (Hoarders, Intervention, Couples Therapy) to ask questions about American social life and culture. This class will also explore realms of culture and life where we can follow the bleed over of reality television; that these reality stars' real lives are continually followed on and off the shows speaks to cultural obsessions and fixations that are a part of the reality of American lives.

 

Possible Texts:

 

Articles:

Susan Lepselter, "The Disorder of Things: Hoarding Narratives in Popular Media"

David Grazian, "Neoliberalism and the Realities of Reality Television"

Neal Saye, "No "Survivors," No "American Idol," No "Road Rules" in "The Real

World" of "Big Brother": Consumer/reality, Hyper/reality, and Post/reality in

"Reality" TV"

 

Selections/Essays from Texts:

Burton P. Buchanan, Amber J., Narro, Alison F. Slade eds., Reality Television:

Oddities of Culture

Rachel Dubrofsky, The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

Leigh Edwards, The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution in American

Television

James Hay, Laurie Ouellete eds, Better Living Through Reality TV: Television

and Post-Welfare Citizenship

Mischa Kavka, Reality Television, Affect and Intimacy: Reality Matters

Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette eds, Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture

Katherine Sender, The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences

Brenda R. Weber, Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity

 

Assignments:

Weekly Responses to Readings: 25%

Final paper proposal (1 page): 10%

Class Discussion Leader: 10%

Annotated Bibliography (5-6 sources): 10%

First paper draft/peer review: 10%

Final presentation (10 mins): 15%

Final paper (10-12 pages): 20%

AMS 311S • America's Reality Tv

29954 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 436A

Description:

Reality Television is the most ubiquitous and popular programming on American Television, garnering 50 percent of prime time viewers in 2013. Though most Americans claim hatred of reality shows, the influence of the programming and its reflection of American culture is undeniable; the shows' mediated narratives reverberate with American's desires, fears, and showcase our discourses and discursive production. Through the study of reality television, we can understand ideals and forms of American citizenship, race, gender, sexuality and class. This class will use a variety of disciplines, including American studies, media studies, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theoretical lenses, such as affect, performance, and Foulcauldian genealogy to unpack the narratives produced by and around these shows. The class will look at a variety of reality programs, including makeover, identity-based (i.e. The Real Housewives, Shahs of Sunset), competition, and therapeutic shows (Hoarders, Intervention, Couples Therapy) to ask questions about American social life and culture. This class will also explore realms of culture and life where we can follow the bleed over of reality television; that these reality stars' real lives are continually followed on and off the shows speaks to cultural obsessions and fixations that are a part of the reality of American lives.

 

 Possible Texts:

Articles:

Susan Lepselter, "The Disorder of Things: Hoarding Narratives in Popular Media"

David Grazian, "Neoliberalism and the Realities of Reality Television"

Neal Saye, "No "Survivors," No "American Idol," No "Road Rules" in "The Real

World" of "Big Brother": Consumer/reality, Hyper/reality, and Post/reality in

"Reality" TV"

 

Selections/Essays from Texts:

Burton P. Buchanan, Amber J., Narro, Alison F. Slade eds., Reality Television:

Oddities of Culture

Rachel Dubrofsky, The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

Leigh Edwards, The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution in American

Television

James Hay, Laurie Ouellete eds, Better Living Through Reality TV: Television

and Post-Welfare Citizenship

Mischa Kavka, Reality Television, Affect and Intimacy: Reality Matters

Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette eds, Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture

Katherine Sender, The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences

Brenda R. Weber, Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity

 

Assignments:

Weekly Responses to Readings: 25%

Final paper proposal (1 page): 10%

Class Discussion Leader: 10%

Annotated Bibliography (5-6 sources): 10%

First paper draft/peer review: 10%

Final presentation (10 mins): 15%

Final paper (10-12 pages): 20%

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Facebook

43595 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.118

Why do we update our Facebook status, share a link, or comment on our friends’ posts? Why are we choosing to expose these parts of our lives, these parts of ourselves on Facebook? While Facebook might seem like a way to "stay connected", seamless expressions of ourselves with our “friends”, Facebook affects our culture and social life—the ways in which we engage with others, and how we think about ourselves. Facebook is not just a social networking site; it creates and affects new ways of thinking and being. It affects new ways to make rhetorical appeals.

This course will examine Facebook’s impact on community and culture through rhetoric, as well as its relations with rhetoric. Facebook not only inspires rhetorical response, but it also changes the way rhetoric is used on a daily basis. Words and phrases such as “catfish,” “profile pic,” “selfie,” “status” and its various Facebook applications have new portmanteau meanings that did not exist a couple of years ago. How does the rhetoric of Facebook fit the time and place—kairos—of its creation and engagement? How does it change the way we communicate with others? What kind of arguments can be made about the words, phrases, and language that Facebook has made ubiquitous? How does Facebook change the way people think, use language, and make arguments?

Assignments and Grading

Short Writing Assignments: 20%

Essay 1.1: 5%

Essay 1.2: 10%

Essay 2.1: 10%

Essay 2.2: 15%

Final Assignment 3.1: 15%

Final Assignment 3.2: 15%

Presentations of Final Assignment: 10%

Required Texts and Course Readings

Rhetorical Analysis by Mark Longaker and Jeffrey Walker.

Easy Writer, Andrea Lunsford

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Facebook

44675 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 5:00PM-6:30PM MEZ 2.118

Why do we update our Facebook status, share a link, or comment on our friends’ posts? Why are we choosing to expose these parts of our lives, these parts of ourselves on Facebook? While Facebook might seem like a way to "stay connected", seamless expressions of ourselves with our “friends”, Facebook affects our culture and social life—the ways in which we engage with others, and how we think about ourselves. Facebook is not just a social networking site; it creates and affects new ways of thinking and being. It affects new ways to make rhetorical appeals.

This course will examine Facebook’s impact on community and culture through rhetoric, as well as its relations with rhetoric. Facebook not only inspires rhetorical response, but it also changes the way rhetoric is used on a daily basis. Words and phrases such as “catfish,” “profile pic,” “selfie,” “status” and its various Facebook applications have new portmanteau meanings that did not exist a couple of years ago. How does the rhetoric of Facebook fit the time and place—kairos—of its creation and engagement? How does it change the way we communicate with others? What kind of arguments can be made about the words, phrases, and language that Facebook has made ubiquitous? How does Facebook change the way people think, use language, and make arguments?

Assignments and Grading

Short Writing Assignments: 20%

Essay 1.1: 5%

Essay 1.2: 10%

Essay 2.1: 10%

Essay 2.2: 15%

Final Assignment 3.1: 15%

Final Assignment 3.2: 15%

Presentations of Final Assignment: 10%

Required Texts and Course Readings

Rhetorical Analysis by Mark Longaker and Jeffrey Walker.

Easy Writer, Andrea Lunsford

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