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FILM 311

Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Cinema

(may be cross-listed with ENG 390 or COMM 401) Introduces students to the importance of gender as a category of film scholarship. Issues covered may include: women in film, masculinity and film, feminist filmmaking and film scholarship, women filmmakers. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Angela Flury

311A: Tps: GenderSexualityCinema: Desire in Film

This course approaches cinema through the lens of one of its strongest motivations: desire. Though cinema is our central medium, there will be ample reading in this course. We will study theorists and critics who have contributed to film criticism's long allegiance to Freud's ideas (psychoanalysis) as well as those critics who have sought alternate lines of inquiry into sex, gender, and desire. How, we might ask, has the medium of cinema shaped cultural imaginaries and paradigms of sex, gender, and desire throughout the 20th and 21st centuries? Please note: the course includes provocative and some explicit materials. We will cast a critical and inquisitive lens on expressions and constructions of desire in the history of cinema.