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Stefano Marino

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: M-FIL/04 Aesthetics

Director of First Cycle Degree in Fashion Cultures and Practices


Pop Culture Theory (academic year 2021-2022): possible topics for the written exam

The exam for the Pop Culture Theory course in academic year 2021-2022 is a written exam.

This is a list of some possible topics that can be examined by the students in their papers:

1) Different theories of pop culture

2) The relation between high culture and pop culture

3) The relation between serious music and pop music

4) The relevance of pragmatism in aesthetics

5) Shusterman's defense of pop culture

6) Shusterman's analysis of the main objections raised by critics of pop culture

7) The role of the body in the experience of pop music

8) Noe's critique of pop music

9) Wilson's conception of the dandy as a fundamental figure

10) Wilson's idea of the connection between dandysm and 20th-century oppositional styles

11) Wilson's analysis of the relation between clothing and music in subcultures

12) Grunge as a subculture of the late 20th century

13) Grunge as music and grunge as fashion

14) The relation between Pearl Jam and Nirvana in the grunge movement

15) Philosophical elements in the songs of Pearl Jam

16) Music, ethics and politics in the career of Pearl Jam

17) The philosophical significance of the song "Better Man"

18) The relation between literature, film and music in "Into the Wild"

19) Pearl Jam's critique of the music industry

20) The concept of a "no code aesthetics" inspired by Pearl Jam

21) From subculture to mass culture: grunge clothing in the late 1990s

22) Feminist issues in the songs of Pearl Jam


Published on: May 10 2022