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Interest and Pleasure: Toward a Theory of Political Audiences

CHUM 356
Spring 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 356
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

What does it mean for a nonpolitician to be "interested" in political life? What is the nature of the satisfaction citizens get by keeping themselves informed about current events? Is the pleasure derived from following the news similar to or different from that of enjoying political fictions, such as Shakespeare's Julius Caesar or NBC's The West Wing? What do we citizens DO with the information we acquire through different media? Is our "interest" properly political (that is, practical), or is it aesthetic? Is it both, is it a mixture of the two, or is it some other, radically different, still unidentified, form of interest?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-24-2014
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