A Companion to Popular Culture
Includes over two dozen essays covering the spectrum of popular culture studies from food to folklore and from TV to technology
Features contributions from established and up-and-coming scholars from a range of disciplines
Offers a detailed history of the study of popular culture
Balances new perspectives on the politics of culture with in-depth analysis of topics at the forefront of popular culture studies
Gary Burns is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University. A former President of the Popular Culture Association and former Executive Secretary of the Midwest Popular Culture Association, Professor Burns is Editor, with Thomas Kitts, of the journals Popular Music and Society and Rock Music Studies . He is the editor of two books on television and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on popular music, music video, television, film, and other topics in popular culture studies.
A Companion to Popular Culture
Notes on Contributors
Chuck Berg is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he has taught a wide variety of courses in film-media history, theory, and criticism since joining the KU faculty in 1977.
Paul Booth is Associate Professor at DePaul University in Chicago and the author of Game Play (Bloomsbury, 2015), Playing Fans (University of Iowa Press, 2015), Time on TV (Peter Lang, 2012), and Digital Fandom (Peter Lang, 2010).
Gary Burns is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University. He is Editor (with Thomas Kitts) of the journals Popular Music and Society and Rock Music Studies . He is coeditor of the books Television Studies: Textual Analysis and Making Television: Authorship and the Production Process . His work has appeared in the South Atlantic Quarterly , Popular Music , Wide Angle , the Journal of Popular Film & Television , the Journal of American Culture , the Journal of Popular Culture , and Goldmine . He is a past president of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association.
Jane Caputi is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She has written several books, including Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture , and has authored two short educational documentaries, most recently Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth .
Jeffrey Chown is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Northern Illinois University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Ireland and a winner of the State of Illinois's Studs Terkel Humanitarian Award.
Patricia A. Cunningham is a fashion historian and emerita faculty at The Ohio State University. She is author of several books on fashion and popular culture and a forthcoming book titled Fashioning America .
Amber Day is Associate Professor in the Literary and Cultural Studies Department at Bryant University. She is the author of Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate . She has articles in Social Research , Popular Communication , The International Journal of Communication , The Electronic Journal of Communication , Communicazione Politica , and the anthologies Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post Network Era and The Comedy Studies Reader . Her research focuses on ironic and satiric communication, political performance and activism, and public debate.
Thomas A. Discenna is Associate Professor of Communication at Oakland University.
Rob Drew is Professor of Communication at Saginaw Valley State University, where he teaches courses on media and cultural studies. He does qualitative research on popular music technologies and has published on karaoke, mix taping, and the cultural history of audiotape.
Ann Hetzel Gunkel is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & Humanities at Columbia College Chicago, where she is a founding member and past Director of the innovative program in Cultural Studies, a leading center for undergraduate research and pedagogy in the field. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar for both Research (Germany, 1992) and Teaching (Poland, 2012) and received the Harmonia Research Grant from the Polish National Science Center.
Gary Hoppenstand is a Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He is the former editor of The Journal of Popular Culture . He won the top scholarly honor of the national Popular Culture Association - "The Governing Board Award" - in 2008 ("for his contributions to popular culture studies and the Popular Culture Association"). At Michigan State University he has won the College of Arts & Letters 2008 "Paul