What is the relationship between modernism and modernity?
Modernity: typically refers to a post-traditional, post-medieval
historical period, one marked by the move from feudalism (or
agrarianism) toward capitalism, industrialization, secularization,
What is the society of the spectacle? For Debora, how do we participate in the commodity
form of spectacle?
The society of the spectacle is the development of our societal taste (in culture, food, etc.)
to the point where everything must be pushed to the
What is the relationship of queerness to contemporary ideas about gender and sexuality?
Another axis in the politics of identity/difference, but not necessarily equivalent to the
politics of gender or of sexuality.
Origins in feminism and LGBT culture, bu
What is Kipnis argument about Hustler magazine in the 1970s? How did Hustler distinguish
itself from Playboy in targeting male readers?
Hugh Hefner: Playboy (1952)A mens magazine showcasing upwardly-mobile masculine
taste. Essays. Literature. Arts. Politi
Distinguish sex and gender as concepts.
Sex refers to biological difference
Gender refers to masculinity/femininity as cultural and historical constructs
*Some have argued that even the idea of sexual difference is more cultural than biological.
What factor has typically been most important in determining the visibility of
minority populations on American television? How has this impacted the history of
African-Americans on U.S. television? Why are issues of minority representation still