What is the course about?
Taking the novels of J. G. Ballard as a frame of reference, the banality, alienation and violence of consumer culture as it is present in Pop Art, Cinema, TV and other media will be explored from an existential perspective.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• J G Ballard’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ and ‘Crash’ as inventories of popular, consumer culture.
• The significance of ‘surface’ in pop culture.
• The ‘why’ of violence in pop culture from an existential perspective.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss the ‘absurdity’ of pop, consumer culture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory. An interest in exploring ideas in a philosophical manner would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Bring note-taking equipment of your own preference.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in HP117 - Phenomenology: embodiment, language and gender, beginning in January 2021.