Recipe for Popular Culture Analysis

These are the class notes from Monday/Tuesday class discussion about the Popular Cultural Analysis paper.


The function of the introduction:

  • to identify the topic
  • to introduce the relevant historical and cultural context, the texts you are analyzing, and your thesis
  • to introduce your thesis – which is an analytical claim that explains how your popular culture text works, what strategies it uses, and why it works the way it does.
  • to assert that your claim (thesis) will address what underlying cultural issues your pop culture text reveals
  • to assert that your claim (thesis) will address the fact that your text is produced in a certain way to achieve a certain goal.

How does this differ from your summary and analysis?

  • The first paragraph is not a summary. It is an introduction. We will have a lesson on creating a powerful introduction on Wed/Thursday


The function of the summary:

  • paraphrase sentences using your own words
  • general overview without too much detail, yet giving the right meaning
  • this can be shorter than the 1/3 summary in the Summary and Analysis paper. It’s a brief summary to give the reader the lay of the land of your text, comprising perhaps one short paragraph


The function of the body paragraphs:

  • to develop the specifically analytical (and perhaps comparative) argument offered in your claim
  • to provide careful evidence to support the various parts of the claim
  • to have one-topic paragraphs that to have identifiable topic sentences that mirror elements of the thesis

It is in the body paragraphs that you will support your thesis with complex analysis, using quotes, paraphrasing, and intellectually rigorous discussion. Wallow in complexity.


The function of this conclusion is to offer some conjecture, make some more general claims, evaluations, or suggestion of broader implications.

  • it is here where you can apply your opinion, particularly of broader implications your topic may have on society

Use at least two sources for this paper. Once can be your primary text.





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