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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007

WGS 393 • SEXUALITIES AND US FILM

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
50015 W
M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
CMA A3.108
CMA A3.116
STAIGER

Course Description

This course will consider the history of the representation of sexualities in U.S. cinema. It will look at what was on the mainstream screen, the exploitation and "underground" cinemas, and what wasn't there but what some have thought might be present through the "internal shadows of exclusion." We will cover early censorship and pornography, the race issues of the teens and twenties (for African Americans and Asians), homosexual subtexts, formulaic representations of sexuality and coupling, post-war sexual liberation politics and its effects, the intellectualization and mass distribution of porn, and continuing issues of representing sexualities. The focus will not be on representations of sex and gender but on licit and illicit sexualities although the former will invariably be part of the latter. The focus will be on the social and political context, the text, and its reception. GRADUATE STANDING REQUIRED. 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. CINEMATEXAS FILM SCREENINGS. MEETS WITH RTF 385K.

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