HISTORY 393 - Topics in U.S. History
Section: 001 Sex and Sexuality in US Popular Culture
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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We will explore how changing ideas about sex, sexuality, and gender appeared in certain types of twentieth-century popular culture. As a group, we will learn to interpret media, such as movies or television, as historical texts that provide insight into past notions about sex in the United States. To this end, we will start with the assumption that media functions as mechanisms of socialization and as a venue for expressing popular concerns or beliefs about gender roles, same-sex desire, race and so forth. We will uncover how the media represented historical issues such as courtship among heterosexuals, pornography, gay liberation, and birth control. At the same time, we will seek to uncover the voices of groups that the mainstream media have often omitted (or actively sought to silence) in discussions about sex. To that end, much of our course reading will draw from academics engaged in an assortment of overlapping fields. Students will be introduced to scholarship in race and ethnic studies, queer studies, feminist studies, and so forth.

HISTORY 393 - Topics in U.S. History
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001 (LEC)
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Section 001: meets with AMCULT 301.003. Students are auto-enrolled in LAB.
002 (LAB)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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