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ERIC Number: EJ1166114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Not Our Regularly Scheduled Programming: Integrating Feminist Theory, Popular Culture, and Writing Pedagogy
Gold, Alexandra
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v26 n2-3 p156-178 2016
When Alexandra Gold described her composition course: one that situates feminist and queer theory as a lens through which to view, analyze, and discuss contemporary television, a male acquaintance responded by saying he would not pay for that class. Another female acquaintance assured Gold that although she had loved a similar class at her Ivy League college, she couldn't imagine "wasting her parents' money" pursuing such topics and instead opted for a more practical route in engineering. Though anecdotal, such comments point to larger issues with which those in the humanities are all too familiar: the delineation of "serious" and "frivolous" studies, or of "employable" and "unemployable" majors. This article presents a discussion of the "neoliberal university" scholars have adeptly described as an increasingly corporate, market-driven academy, assessment, "where students can prove to a potential employer that they qualify as good workers" and where "professors... who aim to address complex social and intellectual issues are often met with hostility and/or denigrated as liberal or old-fashioned". A sample syllabus for the course is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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