WOMENSTD 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
<50
Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 240 or AMCULT 240; and junior standing.
Other Course Info:
(Gender, Culture, and Representation).
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The focus of this course is on spectatorship — feminist, lesbian, and queer. Together we will examine normative and transgressive gender and sexual identity representations in American film through a feminist lens. The readings and lectures will interrogate arguments made in feminist and queer media theory about representation and the viewer’s relationship to the moving image in terms of identification, desire, masquerade, fantasy, power, and embodied experience. The course first explores the founding essays of psychoanalytic feminist film theory, putting these ideas into dialogue with mainstream cinema to provide a vocabulary and background for our discussion. Secondly, we consider the aesthetic, narrative, and theoretical interventions posed by feminist filmmakers working in contradistinction to Hollywood’s classical positioning of its spectators. Our focus then turns to Patricia White’s lesbian re-reading of Classical Hollywood Cinema and to the viability of retrospective and alternative readings of media texts. Using White’s notions as a springboard into a discussion of “queering” contemporary media, we survey challenges and revisions to feminist film theory presented by considerations of race and ethnicity, transgender experience, and queerness.

WOMENSTD 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
28430
Open
12
 
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LAB)
 
28431
Open
12
 
-
Tu 5:30PM - 7:30PM
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Note:
Other materials will be provided via PDF.
ISBN: 9780253336415
Uninvited : classical Hollywood cinema and lesbian representability, Author: White, Patricia, 1964-, Publisher: Indiana University Press 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780253319647
Issues in feminist film criticism, Publisher: Indiana University Press 1990
Required
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