Popular Culture Research
Popular culture study is another realm where an undergraduate English major can do some genuine research, in the sense that s/he can do some work not already done and, as Dr. Dennis Hall puts it with reference to his courses in popular culture, "read some text not already read to death." Students in popular culture courses will commonly be asked, when possible, to develop a paper for submission for publication or to a conference. Instructors at regional colleges and universities bring panels of students to the PCAS/ACAS (Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South) meeting, where they are welcomed on the conference program. Moving beyond the area of popular culture, another opportunity for undergraduates to present research exists at the Kentucky Philological Association's annual meeting; papers presented at this conference are also eligible for publication in the Association's journal, the Kentucky Philological Review.