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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2007

AMS 370 • Diaspora, Sex, and Visual Culture-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29425 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
NOA 1.110
BIO 301

Course Description

This class will examine racialized transnational bodies and their sexual representations in film, television, and Internet culture. In particular, we will focus on representations of Asian, African, and Latino people(s) in media produced and/or consumed in the United States and Europe. This class explores the social and political implications of people of color who cross borders both physically and metaphorically. A particular emphasis will be on queer/LGBT communities and diasporas. We will draw from a variety of theoretical literatures including: Race and Racial Formation Theory; post-modern identity politics; migration and diaspora theory; empire; nationalism; politics of AIDS; queer and feminist theory; masculinity studies; psychoanalysis; television and film studies; and literary criticism.

This is an upper-division, writing-intensive class. We will study advanced-level theories and concepts, and you are expected to understand them. Your work should be thoughtful, rigorous and relevant. By the end of this class, you are expected to have sophisticated and complex answers to the following questions: How do sex and race intersect in the migration of bodies? What role does the current global economy play in the dissemination and interpretation of race and sex? How are certain ideas contested or reified by these images? What are strategies of spectatorship and production to form a new lexicon of racialized sexuality? Many of the films we watch will have sexually explicit content. If you are uncomfortable with this or are underage, I ask that you do not take this class.


Reading: White Skin, Black Masks; Countervisions; Woman, Native, Other; An Archive of Feelings; Racial Castration; Unthinking Eurocentrism; Imperial Leather; Porn Studies; Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age; Queer Diasporas; Queer Latinidad; Boricua Literature; Global Sex; Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics Visual: Saving Face; Fire; The Wedding Banquet; Sammy and Rosie Get Laid; Dirty Laundry/Sea in the Blood; Fortune Nookie; Bandit Queen; L'Amant; Camp Arirang; Pirated!; Hollywood/Bollywood; Beautiful Country; Harold and Kumar go to White Castle; Before Night Falls; Y Tu Mama Tambien; Brincando El Charco; Strawberry and Chocoloate; Seïorita Extraviada; Frida; El Crimen del padre Amaro; Mariposas en el Andamio; Paris is Burning; Daughters of the Dust (?); Four Women; Besieged; Tongues Untied; Shes Gotta Have It; Looking for Langston; Set it Off; Mississippi Masala; Me, You, and Everyone We Know; The Darker Side of Black; "Feast of All Saints."


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