WGS 324 • QUEER MEDIA STUDIES-W
This course introduces students to the critical analysis of queer media culture. Focusing primarily on media texts produced in the United States, we will explore the dominant strategies used by the media industries to represent members of the LGBTQI community and their issues, as well as those utilized by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and intersexed folks in practices of self-representation. Important to this project are historical shifts in the representation of non-straight individuals, in particular their growing visibility in commercial media culture and the mainstreaming of queerness. In addition, we will examine media reception practices among queer folks, as well as the alternative media economies developed by members of the LGBTQI community. Key to this course is an exploration of the intersections of queer identity, queer politics, and media culture.