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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LINA 3311
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Cultural Studies
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
This course examines the iconic femme fatale figure as she appears in dramatic literature and pop culture from the Greeks to the present day. Students explore the question of why this alluring but treacherous siren has persisted, with scant alteration, over centuries. What is threatening about her, and to whom? How does this archetype stand in relation to the lives women typically lead? Virginia Woolf once observed that women were accorded a power in literature that they were never allowed in life. Why? Students read plays, see Hollywood movies, and look at related literature in such fields as psychology and cultural studies.
Open to Undergraduate students.