What We Learn Studying Popular Culture

Sep 29, 2015

  The Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association conference takes place in Cincinnati this week. The organizations promote and foster the scholarly study of our material culture, our popular music, movies, TV programs and comics. What can we learn from a closer examination of themes running through shows about zombies and vampires, or movies about superheroes? Quite a bit, it turns out. 

Marvel Comics character Black Widow. Many feminists criticized how Black Widow was portrayed in “The Avengers” movies.

Here to discuss the importance of studying popular culture, and to share some highlights of their work, are Dr. Rebecca Sutherland Borah and Gary Vaughn. Both are Associate Professors of English at the the University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, and both will be presenting at the Popular Culture conference this weekend.