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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 1: 3/29/10 Imagination : how culture is used to challenge ideas before “Imago” – last stage insect goes through before it becomes adult Translation – not just from one language to another, but how it forms, changes over time because of the way culture works (ex. Book movie) Take ideas from one form and translate into something else Cultural translation Representation – RE present Manifests ideas in another form (ex. Love song) Artificial version of the real thing Focus on 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s Lecture 2: 3/31/10 Professor Serlin’s Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4, MCC 105; [email protected] Culture – to cultivate; some kind of agent that produces meaning in some way; group of people identify symbols as same meaning Cultivate – i.e. Bacteria, some agent in it Cult – group of individuals have shared set of symbols/rituals that they perform Content – the information that’s delivered to you through a message/symbol/object; the message (i.e. peace sign peace) Form – the shape that it takes; the symbol (i.e. the peace sign) Irony/Sarcasm – “Nice shoes” words themselves are not sarcastic, tone is sarcastic; irony is not what you say, how you say it “Old South” – time before emancipation of slaves, 14 th and 15 th Amendments; when race relations were simplified; before the south had any troubles; fantasies of Old South Aunt Jemima – symbol of the Old South; stereotypical black woman from Old South Phenotype – idea that there are certain kinds of physical embodiments/traits/characteristics that are related to racial groups; the way that the certain body is looked are biologically predisposed to look that way (i.e. women in Old South typically large, heavyset) Depression (1930s) – 25% of population unemployed; sense of desperation “Authenticity” – authentic person speaking in vernacular “Woman in the Window” • What is the author trying to convey with the story? • How is the author using form/content in the story to convey his ideas? • Where does this take place? • Several main characters, all converge in same place (restaurant) but come from different locations o Owners interested in cultivating environment to be successful Certain kind of place where experience is cultivated; customer identifies with “Old South” type of food “Mammy’s” Old South $$$ Have someone there to physically embody fantasy of Old South but also someone who can perform that role in a very visible way o Mother must explain to children why she complies with the vile stereotypical job Must endure indignity because opportunity too good to pass up because of economic struggles • Author trying to navigate through story to ask us what it is she’s trying to mean • Content: summary of story • Form: unclear how is it different than the content?...
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- Spring '08
- Zoot suit, Mrs. Jackson, cultural texts, cultural text