Contemporary English Culture - 1st semester


a) To present and discuss, starting from the ongoing debates on “culture” carried out since the Victorian period by anglophone thinkers, the main theoretical concepts and analytical practices put forward by “British Cultural Studies”;
b) To invite students to apply what they have learned to facts, phenomena and characters which they feel have somehow shaped (or still shape) “whole ways of life” in contemporary Britain;
c) To stimulate and enhance competences and abilities associated with research and the production of knowledge through the development of critical analysis and evaluation of relevant information;
d) To assess the quality of work produced through b) and c).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Miguel Alarcão


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





- COULDRY, Nick (2000), Inside Culture. Re-imagining the Method of Cultural Studies. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- EAGLETON, Terry (2000), The Idea of Culture. Oxford: Blackwell.
- GRAY, Ann e Jim McGuigan (2003), Studying Culture.An Introductory Reader. 2nd. ed. London: Arnold (1993).
- MULHERN, Francis (2001), Culture/Metaculture. London and New York: Routledge, “The New Critical Idiom”.
- STORRY, Mike e Peter Childs, eds. (2002), British Cultural Identities. London: Routledge.
- TURNER, Graeme (1996), British Cultural Studies. An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge.

Teaching method

This course consists mostly of lectures and oral presentations, a short period (10-15 mins.) being set aside, at the end of each session, for questions, comments and debate. The lecturer will try to help and guide students through their research by suggesting and providing additional references for further reading.

Evaluation method

Oral presentations (individual or in groups) on any relevant theme/topic (50%).
A short essay (4 pages), written in class.

Subject matter

I ) Introduction:
I.1. The first British cultural analysts and thinkers: from Matthew Arnold to T. S. Eliot.
I.2. The Making of British Cultural Studies:
I.2.1. The pioneers: Richard Hoggart, E. P. Thompson and Raymond Williams;
I.2.2. Other Anglophone developments and approaches.
II) Oral presentations.