Popular Culture and Narrative: Serial Storytelling

Series of illustrations of a woman and man dancing the waltz.

Detail of a disc depicting a couple waltzing, created by Eadweard Muybridge for the phenakistoscope, an early motion picture machine that produced the illusion of movement through the rapid progression of a series of images. (Image via wikimedia commons.)


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21L.430 / CMS.920

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Spring 2013


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Serial Storytelling examines the ways the passing and unfolding of time structures narratives in a range of media. From Rembrandt's lifetime of self-portraits to The Wire, Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers to contemporary journalism and reportage, we will focus on the relationships between popular culture and art, the problems of evaluation and audience, and the ways these works function within their social context.

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James Buzard, and Elyse Graham. 21L.430 Popular Culture and Narrative: Serial Storytelling. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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