Mass Culture and the Middle-Brow with Guest Speaker Jim von Geldern!
For Professor von Geldern’s guest appearance, please do the assigned reading and prepare two questions to ask in class, at least one of which must be directly related to the readings. The second question and thereafter can be broader in scope, so long as it somehow connects the question of mass culture in Soviet Russia to the course’s primary themes of consumption, distinction, and taste. In order to get credit for participation, you are required to publish these questions here on the blog before class on Thursday, February 27. Professon von Geldern may not get a chance to look online before he meets you to talk about the dictatorship of proletarian taste, so be sure to write your queries down somewhere and come armed to Neill 112 with them.