UNIT 1: THEORIES
|Introduction to Feminist Film Studies
Feminism, representation, spectator, the gaze, film criticism as an analytical framework
|Readings||· Smith, Greg. (2001). “’It’s Just a Movie”: A Teaching Essay for Introductory Media Classes.” Cinema Journal 41.1: 127-134. http://www2.gsu.edu/~jougms/Justamovie.htm|
|Screenings||In Class: Miss Representation (Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 2011)|
|Due||Introductory Tweet (your favorite movie and why) and Blog Post (your experience with feminism and film studies)|
|Tools of Feminist Film Theory*
Male gaze, psychoanalysis, semiotics, ideology, to-be-looked-at-ness, scopophilia, voyeurism
|Readings||· McCabe, Janet. (2004). “Structuring a Language of Theory” in Feminist Film Studies: Writing the Woman Into Cinema.
· Mulvey, Laura. (1975). “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Screen 16.3: 6-18.
· Hollinger, Karen. (2012). “Films in Focus: Vertigo.” In Feminist Film Studies.
|Screenings||Live Tweet: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)|
|Due||The Gaze Module (Moodle)|
|Female Spectatorship and Cultural Studies
Unpacking the relationship between the text, socio-cultural context and the female spectator.
|Readings||· McCabe, Janet. (2004). “Textual Negotiations: Female Spectatorship and Cultural Studies” in Feminist Film Studies: Writing the Woman Into Cinema.
· Hunger Games articles on Moodle
|Screenings||In Class: Hunger Games Clips|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonialism
African American feminist film studies, postcolonial film studies, orientalism, the imperial gaze, the oppositional gaze
|Readings||· Hollinger, Karen. (2012). “Feminist Film Studies and Race.” In Feminist Film Studies.
· hooks, bell. (2002). “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators,” in Black Looks: Race and Representation
· Bobo, Jacqueline. (1988). “The Color Purple: Black Women as Cultural Readers,” in E.D. Pribram (ed.) Female Spectators: Looking at Film and Television.
|Screenings||In Class: Clips from She’s Got to Have It, Illusions, Sex and the City 2, The Color Purple|
Gay and lesbian film, queer cinema, queer spectatorship, transgender representation.
|Readings||· Benshoff, Harry and Sean Griffin (2004). “Introduction,” in Queer Cinema, The Film Reader.
· Doty, Alexander. (1993) “There’s Something Queer Here” and “Whose Text is it Anyway?” in Making Things Perfectly Queer.
|Screenings||In Class: Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg, 2006)|
|Due||Oppositional Analysis Blog Post|
|Postfeminist Media Culture*
Neoliberalism, individualism, consumption, sexualization, body image, choice, empowerment, irony.
|Readings||· Gill, Rosalind. (2007). “Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility,” European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10(2).
· McRobbie, Angela. (2009). “Post-Feminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and The New Gender Regime.” In The Aftermath of Feminism.
· Radner, Hillary. (2011). “Legally Blonde: ‘A Pink Girl in a Brown World,” in Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks and Consumer Culture.
|Screenings||Live Tweet: Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001)|
UNIT 2: FORM & GENRE
|The Woman’s Film
Chick flicks, Melodrama, New Woman’s Films
|Readings||· Hollinger, Karen. (2012). “Women and Genre Films,” in Feminist Film Studies.
· Kuhn, Annette. (1999). “Women’s Genres: Melodrama, Soap Opera and Theory,” in Sue Thornham (ed.) Feminist Film Theory: A Reader.
|Screenings||Live Tweet: The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006)|
|Due||Feminist Video Essay: Media Object Choice and Justification|
|Comedic Masculinity *
Masculinity, bromance, homosociality, friendship, comedy
|Readings||· Hansen-Miller, David and Rosalind Gill. (2011). “’Lad Flicks’: Discursive Reconstructions of Masculinity in Popular Film,” in Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer (eds.) Feminism at the Movies.
· Alberti, John. (2013). “I Love You, Man”: Bromances, the Construction of Masculinity, and the Continuing Evolution of the Romantic Comedy,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 30 (2).
|Screenings||In Class: Judd Apatow film (TBD)|
March 18—-SPRING BREAK—-NO CLASS
|Horror and the Body*
Horror, abjection, excess, slasher film, the final girl.
|Readings||· Williams, Linda. (1984). “When the Woman Looks,” in The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Grant, B.K. (ed.).
· Clover, Carol. “Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film.” In Men, Women and Chain Saws.
|Screenings||Live Tweet: Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, 2012)|
|Due||Feminist Video Essay: Proposal|
Gendered pleasure, power, sex, hard-core, money shot, fetishism.
|Readings||· Annabelle Mooney. (2008) “Boys Will Be Boys: Men’s Magazines and the Normalization of Pornography.” Feminist Media Studies 8(3): 247-265.
· Petersen, Helen Ann. (2013). “Don Jon and the Digital Porn Utopia,” at: https://annehelenpetersen.squarespace.com/writing/3349
|Screenings||Live Tweet: Don Jon (2013). Available on Netflix.|
UNIT 3: FILM INDUSTRY & CELEBRITY CULTURE
|Women in Hollywood*
Political economy of media, women directors, auteur theory
|Readings||· Lane, Cristina and Nicole Richter (2011). “The Feminist Poetics of Sofia Coppola: Spectacle and Self-Consciousness in Marie Antoinette.”
· Dargis, Manohla (2014). “Making History With ‘Selma,’ Ava DuVernay Seeks a Different Equality.” New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/movies/ava-duvernay-makes-a-mark-with-selma.html?_r=0
· Dargis, Manohla (2014). “In Hollywood, It’s a Men’s, Men’s, Men’s World.” New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/movies/in-hollywood-its-a-mens-mens-mens-world.html
|Screenings||Live Tweet: Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006)|
|Due||Feminist Video Essay Rough Draft|
|Celebrity Culture and Stardom*
The Economy of celebrity, celebrity-commodity, gossip blogs.
|Readings||· Petersen, Anne Helen (2013). “The Rules of the Game A Century of Hollywood Publicity.” The Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2013. http://www.vqronline.org/articles/rules-game
· Petersen, Anne Helen (2014). “Jennifer Lawrence And The History of the Cool Girl”
· History Of Cool Girls.” Buzzfeed at http://www.buzzfeed.com/annehelenpetersen/jennifer-lawrence-and-the-history-of-cool-girls#.orKZq2XXR
· Meyers, Erin. (2012). “Gossip Blogs and ‘Baby Bumps’: The New Visual Spectacle of Female Celebrity in Gossip Media.” In Karen Ross (Ed.), The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media (pp. 53-70). Oxford, UK: Wiley.
|Screenings||Elaine Lui “The Sociology of Gossip”
Bring in Media Examples
|Due||Feminist Movie Review Blog Post|
UNIT 4: NEW MEDIA
Social media, viral marketing, fan culture,
|Readings||· Jenkins, Henry. (2006). “Introduction” and “Conclusion,” in Convergence Culture, NYU Press.
· Driscoll, Catherine and Melissa Gregg. (2011). “Convergence Culture and the Legacy of Feminist Cultural Studies,” Cultural Studies, 25:4-5, 566-584
|Screenings||Bring in Media Examples|
|Due||Self Critique of Feminist Video Essay Draft (emailed to me and your group)
Peer Review of Feminist Video Essay Draft (emailed to me and the group you reviewed)
Self promotion, brand culture, DIY celebrity
|Readings||· Sarah Banet-Weiser. (2011). “Branding the Post-Feminist Self: Girls’ Video Production and YouTube” in Mary Celeste Kearney (ed.) Mediated Girlhoods.
· Senft, Theresa. (2008). “Keeping in Real on the Web: Authenticity, Celebrity, Branding,” in Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks.
|Screenings||Bring in Media Examples|
|Screenings||Feminist Video Essays!|
|Due||Feminist Video Essay: Posted to YouTube and emailed to me by noon.|