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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007

WGS 393 • GIRLS' MEDIA AND CUL STUDIES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
50000 T
TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
CMA A3.108
CMA A3.116
KEARNEY

Course Description

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. GRADUATE STANDING REQUIRED. CONSENT OF THE GRADUATE ADVISER MUST BE OBTAINED. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. WGS 393 AND W S 393 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED. CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR MUST BE OBTAINED. MEETS WITH RTF 386C.

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