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Culture: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal

Culture is an undergraduate humanities/interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal created by the Humanities Student Association and the Humanities department at York University.

We welcome any papers from the humanities disciplines (humanities, Black studies, Indigenous studies, gender & sexuality studies, philosophy, history, English, etc.) regarding culture in its many forms.  Selected papers will be published in print and online. We define culture to include anything from Marxist critiques of celebrity, to comparative analysis of modern & postmodern art, to the critical analysis of life experiences. If it relates to a social sphere of interaction, we deem it relevant!

If you are interested in joining us as an editor or have any questions,

In this issue:

  • Statement from former Department of Humanities Chair, Elicia Clements 
  • Handing Over Culture 
  • Introduction: (Re)-Doing Humanities, Carolyn Steele, PhD 
  • Essays: 
    • Rape-Revenge, Representation, and Reclaiming Female Power in “New Hollywood”  
    • Negotiating the Pole of Masculinity; The Male Pole Dancer in International Competition 
    • Black-ish: Too Black or Not Black Enough 
    • The Cost of Doing Business: Police Culture and Persons with Mental Illness 
    • Tearing Down Heteronormative Tropes with Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves 
    • “The Ecchoing Green” and “The Garden of Love”: Essential Spaces of Nature 
    • Digital Civilization and its (Dis)Contents: The Video Game as a Forum of the Unconscious 

Past Publications