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  Jan 17, 2018
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WGSS 320 - Gender, Sexuality and Film

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This course explores a variety of critical approaches to the representation of gender and sexuality in film and video, including psychoanalytic feminist film theory and criticism, gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, narrative analysis, ideological critique and cultural studies of gender and sexuality in relation to race, nation, and class. How have social constructs about gender and sexuality been promulgated and/or contested in film and video within both mainstream and avant-garde contexts of cultural production? How have these constructs functioned to uphold and/or challenge other forms of social stratification or privilege? In asking these questions, the course considers a wide range of issues, including drag, camp, spectatorship, identity and identification, the gaze, assimilation, social change, body politics, realism, and pornography. Written work emphasizes the close analysis of film texts. Alternate years. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and previous experience with one of the following fields: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, cultural studies and/or media studies, or permission of instructor. (4 Credits)