"The Girl" as Media Image
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 2129
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
*"The Girl" as Media Image* [Tracks M & C] She is everywhere: selling everything from magazines to real estate. The Girl now mediates our relationship to commodities, and even to each other. Feminist theory has argued that these images are not those of "real women," but has had less to say about how "she" has become a structural necessity for marketing. This course examines both these aspects—gender and commodity. It examines popular culture (Beyonce) and theories of gender, but also writers and artists who have dissented from this figure, from Kathy Acker to Beatriz Preciado. It also considers men who have appropriated and channeled her, from Warhol’s transgender superstars to Almodovar’s Hollywood drag. This course links theories of the commodity, gender, and sexuality and applies them to contemporary everyday experience. [Tracks M & C]
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Undergraduate students.