The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world. The fabric of human social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in museums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named “classics,” or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by societies’ elite. The field of popular cultures studies continues to break down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture and focuses on filling in the gaps a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society. Particular strengths at MSU include popular literature, music, film, and comics.
Faculty members working in this area include Tamar Boyadjian, Gary Hoppenstand, Ann Larabee, David Stowe, and Edward Watts.