The 1990s

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The 1990s
Fall 2023
Taught By: Leo Goldsmith
Section: A

CRN: 15910

Credits: 4

Bracketed by the collapse of state socialism and the end of the millennium and 9/11, the 1990s is a surprisingly neat and significant epoch—a decade that saw the ossification of the neoliberal project, the rise of third-wave feminism, the continued waging of the “culture wars,” the proliferation of digital media, and even, perhaps, the “end of history.” Examining the decade’s trajectory through shifts in its theory and media landscapes, this course addresses a number of key figures and topics, including: the legacy of 80s postmodernism; the emergence of internet culture; the commercialization of gangsta rap, alternative music, and independent film; AIDS activist media; digital cinema, from Dogme 95 to Pixar; the Gulf War; rave and riot grrrl cultures; reality television; and Y2K Bug prepper culture. Artists and theorists to be covered in the class will include: Judith Butler, Roseanne Barr, Jean Baudrillard, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Frederic Jameson, Jerry Seinfeld, David Wojnarowicz, David Lynch, Lee Edelman, Aphex Twin, Bikini Kill, Hakim Bey, and the Spice Girls. [M, C, & S tracks]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:48am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 701
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023