General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Popular Culture: Introduction
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Marcin Telicki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor uczelni
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-PCI


Module aim (aims)

Introduction to the main directions of scientific reflection on popular culture, ability to interpret selected works of popular culture, acquiring comparative competence (comparison of popular culture in different regions or cultures.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Course learning content:

Definition of popular culture
State of research on popular culture (criticism and affirmation)
Mass communication and the information revolution; features of cyberculture; media poetics
Aesthetic and axiological problems of popular culture; postmodern aesthetics; the phenomenon of kitsch
Consumerism (globalisation, macdonaldisation, infantilisation) 
Identity changes and transformations in the approach to carnality. 
Ludological aspects of popular culture 
Visual aspects of culture 
Popular literature - definition, evolution, genres
The reception of history in popular culture
Fan culture

Reading list

  1. Adorno, Theodor & Horkheimer, Max. “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception.”
  2. Althusser, Louis. “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses.”
  3. Barthes, Roland. “Myth Today.” in: Mythologies
  4. Baudrillard, Jean. “The Precession of Simulacra.”
  5. Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”
  6. Bourdieu, Pierre. Pierre Bourdieu, “Distinction,” and “The Aristocracy of Culture”
  7. De Certeau, Michel. “Introduction.” The Practice of Everyday Life.
  8. Fiske, John. “The Popular Economy.” Television Culture.
  9. Fiske, John. Understanding Popular Culture
  10. Hall, Stuart. “Notes on Deconstructing ‘The Popular.’
  11. Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: the Meaning of Style.
  12. Jameson, Fredric. “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.”
  13. Storey, John. “Cultural Theory and Popular Culture An Introduction”.
  14. Strinati, “Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture”