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Sep 30 / admin

Innocent Juice, plus Syllabus Changes for Next Two Weeks


Sara sent me a link to this British juice company that markets its smoothies under the brand “Innocent.” I like the idea that other juices are, by contrast, guilty.

Next week I’m changing the syllabus a bit, for two reasons that I’ll explain in class. Here is the new reading and discussion schedule for the upcoming two weeks.

Mon 3 – Discussion: Dolls, Part 2. Read Elizabeth Chin, from Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture (2001) (this is a handout, which you should have by today); Meredith Carroll, “Proposed Day Care Rules in Colo. Would Require Dolls of Different Races,” Strollerderby.com, July 12, 2011 (in the green packet).

Weds 5 – Discussion: Girls’ Magazines. Read Dawn H. Currie, “Girl Talk: Adolescent Magazines and their Readers,” from The Audience Studies Reader (2003); Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer, Chapter 1: “The Rise,” Chapter 3: “Feminism,” Chapter 5: “Girl Culture,” from How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time (2007) (both in the green packet).

Fri 7 – Workshop Day. I’ll be sending you comments on your first website entry by Thursday. Bring your laptops to class, so that we can have a day in which I go around the room & check in with you about the revisions I’ve requested.

Mon 10 – Discussion: Girlfans. Read Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess, Gloria Jacobs, “Beatlemania: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” from The Audience Studies Reader (2003) (in green packet); Melanie Nash and Martii Lahti, “’Almost Ashamed To Say I Am One of Those Girls’: Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Paradoxes of Girls’ Fandom,” in Titanic: Anatomy of a Blockbuster (1999) (this is a handout I’ll give you by the end of next week).

Weds 12: Discussion: Boys in Gangs. Read E. Anthony Rotundo, “Boy Culture,” in Jenkins, 337-362.

Fri 14 – Discussion: Boys and School. Read Ann Ferguson, Chapter 4: “Naughty by Nature,” from Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity (2000) (in green packet).

From Monday, October 17 onward, we’ll be resuming regularly scheduled reading. This means we’ll skip the day on which we were originally scheduled to discuss the topic Boys and Reading.

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