I was thinking more about the class we had a couple of weeks ago where we talked about topics we’d like to see come up in class. While all fantastic topics, the English major in me was CLAMORING to get to the “English 271” part of this WAGS/FAMS/BLST course. I’ve loved all the films we’ve watched so far, and the texts that have been paired with them. I also like Pop Culture, so wherever this class is heading, I’m liking it….
…but, is there no room for us to look at representations of women in literature? Is literature not pop culture? This is actually a legitimate question. After researching definitions of “popular culture” I still don’t know if literature (novels, for instance) is included in this concept. I know this class has kind of focused on the 1990s and beyond, so I won’t be sad if Pride and Prejudice or The Awakening don’t come up this semester. But what about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Hunger Games, Divergent (this trilogy is great; also features a “strong, female character”), and all of these recent books which feature strong female characters. We probably don’t have time to go through novels in this class, but I was just thinking about this the other day when I was pre-ordering my tickets for Catching Fire. I think many of these books are becoming part of our popular culture (especially with younger generations), so I thought I’d at least bring them to our attention, if at least to just view them through some of the lenses we have been using in this class.
Over and out.