|Module title||Popular Culture of the Central Europe and the Balkans|
|Module lecturer||dr Urszula Kowalska-Nadolny|
|Faculty||Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology|
Module aim (aims)
The students gain both the general knowledge about the main components of the Central European and Balkan pop culture(s) and the ability to synthesize and analyse them in the comparative perspective.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Course learning content:
|Popular culture as a conceptual category; popular culture as a folk culture; popular culture as the culture of the people, popular culture as a mass culture, popular culture as a culture produced by the people; popular culture as our culture.|
|Central European and Balkan popular culture: between facts and superstitions; general determinants of popular culture’s development; stages of the Central European and the Balkan popular culture’s development.|
|What the people want to listen to? – (popular) music as one of the main components of popular culture (turbo-folk, czauga, disco polo, folková hudba, "national" varieties of hip hop).|
|What the people want to watch? Film narratives of the Central European and the Balkan popular culture (i.e. tv series, Turkish series, reality shows, Talk shows).|
|What the people want to have? – commercials creating the need.|
|What the people want to read? Popular literature of the Central European and Balkan nations as an antidote to the hypocritical reality.|
|How the people want to be informed? The overnational phenomenon of tabloids.|
|How the people want to rest and enjoy? The culture of discoes, allotment gardens, dachas etc.|
- The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA). Avialable at: About | The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) (wordpress.com)
- Selected readings from the Journal of European Popular Culture. Avialable at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=177/
- Buchanan D.A. (2007). Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image and Regional Political Discourse. Scarecrow Press.
- Global linguistic flows: hip hop cultures, youth identities, and the politics of language. Ed. H. Samy Alim, Awad Ibrahim, Alastair Pennycook. Routledge, 2009.
- Marcel Danesi. 2015. Popular culture: introductory perspectives. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2015.
- Popular culture theory and methodology: a basic introduction. Eds. Harold E. Hinds, Jr., Marilyn F. Motz, Angela M. S. Nelson. University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press. 2006.