Category Archives: cultural studies

National Council of Teachers of English

Carolyn shared two curriculum units at NCTE.  The first was “(Re)Imagining Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Critical Literacy.” The second was “Online Persona Role Plays: Advertisement Analysis.”  Each offered participants the opportunity to see how students can depersonalize their literacy experiences to more keenly relate to individuals, settings, and cultural practices outside what’s considered “normal.”  Digital media literacy analysis and composition helped students create critical distance from media messages. November, 2013. Boston, MA.


Northeast Popular Culture Conference

Fortuna Delivers Paper on Ron Howard’s Film, Rush

Carolyn joined a Sports and Popular Culture panel with her paper, “‘Electifyingly Cool and Sexy’: The Cultural Politics of Speed in Ron Howard’s Rush.”  She argued how Howard, relying on a Classic Hollywood structure of memorable characters performing recognizable actions that celebrate familiar values, reaffirms a popular film narrative in which privileged males hold all the power, have all the fun, and possess the only real opportunities for self-actualization.  Burlington, VT. October, 2013.