American Fetish: Consumer Culture Encounters the Other

How are notions of human difference, including ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality, used to sell products in an increasingly global market? We will start in the nineteenth century with the rise of consumer culture, examining how cultures and people considered "primitive" achieved value as objects for exchange and entertainment, and then investigate how this idea takes shape in our contemporary moment. Topics include: sex tourism; commodification of "queer" and multiracial aesthetics; "compassionate" consumption.

Additional Information

Faculty: Caroline Light
Time: Tu, Th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Course website
WOMGEN 1424

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017