ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 006 On Beauty: Representations and Negotiations of Body, Race and Gender in Contemporary Mixed Media
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What makes a person beautiful, and what are the mechanisms of power at play when determining the ruling criteria for such an epithet? What role does gender and race play in the construction of beauty ideals? What are the connections between culture, beauty, and power, and how are these ideas and interventions negotiated on bodies? In this class, we will begin addressing these questions by looking at the way in which beauty standards are represented, constructed and negotiated across different media platform and contemporary works, putting emphasis on the historical underpinnings of the power dynamics that conform and inform our ideas of beauty. We will examine different texts that either represent, address or contest ideas about beauty standards on human bodies, and highlight their intersections with race, gender, ability, and disability, queerness, colonialism and capitalism. We will have three major assignments that will develop your analytical and argumentative writing skills, and a final project for you to revise your writing using different media platforms. All assignments can be shaped to follow your own interests. Ultimately, our course will emphasize reading and writing frequently, viewing writing as a collaborative process, and engaging in small and large group discussions.

Part of the readings might include, but are not limited to: Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, Roxane Gay’s Hunger, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Warsan Shire’s Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s collection of poetry Peluda, spoken word performances by Elizabeth Acevedo, Denice Frohman and Ariana Brown (among others), Chris Rock’s documentary Hair, as well as excerpts from ethnographies by Marcia Ochoa and Alvaro Jarrin (Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela; The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil), beauty campaigns and companies (Dove, Fenty Beauty, Tarte), content from Beauty Vloggers and online activist work (Instagram, Twitter).

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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