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FMMC 267

Louisa Stein, Author

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"She used to rock with laughter at the lot of you."
Professor: Louisa Stein
Class Meetings: Mondays 1.30-4.30 AXNN 104; Screenings Wednesday, 7:30pm-10:25pm AXNN 232

Welcome to FMMC 267: Gender/Sexuality/Media! This course explores the intersecting roles played by gender and sexuality in our media, focusing on film, television, and digital culture. We'll unpack media texts from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca to Fox’s Glee in order to investigate the multiple ways in which popular media texts construct and communicate gender and sexuality. We will analyze how viewers make sense of representations of gender and sexuality and integrate them into their everyday lives, and we will consider how gender and sexuality inform our experience of online social networking, media fandom, and video game culture. We will read feminist film theory, queer theory, fandom studies, digital media studies, and videogame studies. We will also regularly read related works of online popular criticism. For final projects, students can write media analyses, conduct historical or online research, or integrate class ideas into creative works.

Note: This semester, the web series Carmilla will be our class through-line, a shared text we’ll be able to tackle in depth. We’ll be watching its short episodes sporadically during class all through the semester. We’ll also revisit a few texts to get a deeper sense of them, including The Good Wife and Glee. We may adjust screenings depending on your interest or new developments in media culture.

This class will arm you with the tools to:
• interrogate the role of gender and sexuality in cultural context
• debate theories of gender and sexuality in film, television, and new media studies
• incorporate theories of gender and sexuality into your own interpretations and analysis of media texts
• sustain critical thought regarding the role of gender and sexuality in media, in written form
• engage with questions of identity through multimedia creative production
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