Course Description


MIT 4034F-001 (Fall 2017)   Special Topics in MIT: Consumerism & Advertising

Instructor: D. Robinson

Course Description
This course traces the concept of “the spectacular” and situates it within broader debates about representation and the aestheticization of culture and politics. Radical, liberal and conservative critiques of spectacle are examined within the historical context of modernity and post-war consumer culture. Attention is given to debates about spectacular culture’s relationship to social relations of power. Topics include the production of fascist and consumer spectacles and the critique of domination provided by theories of dramatic ritual and cultural performance.

Prerequisites: Registration in fourth year of an Honors Specialization module in FIMS, or permission of the instructor.   Note: Enrollment is based on a ballot system which is submitted prior to course registration.

3 lecture hours0.5 course.
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