WGS 345 • Gender/Sexuality Issues in Media-W
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
This course will study general theories of gender and sexuality but with a special focus on the application of those theories to the study of media such a films, television, and popular music. We will survey the writings of Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Laura Mulvey, Mary Ann Doane, Janice Radway, Donna Haraway, Bell Hooks, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Judith Butler, Larry Gross, and many others. This course will require close reading of sophisticated texts.
Goals for the class include: 1) becoming conversant in debates about the functions of media in the social world; 2) improving abilities to analyze and criticize various filmic practices; 3) determining, through self-generated criteria, a personal position regarding media practices.