WGS 345 • Girls' Media and Cultural Studies-W
This course exposes students to girls' media and female youth cultures, and focuses on girl-oriented research in critical media studies, cultural studies, and communication studies. Though the majority of the class will focus on Anglo/American girls' media and female youth cultures of the twentieth century, students will engage with some historical research on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls and their cultural experiences. The course will explore girlhood as a unique identity and female youth cultures as unique social formations, and trace the representation of both in popular and alternative media. In addition to problematizing sex and gender through explorations of their intersections with age and generation, special attention will be paid to how race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality impinge upon particular formations of girls' identities, female youth cultures, and the representation of girlhood in popular culture.