Femme Fatale
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Level: Undergraduate
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: No
Topics:
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Media & Culture
Description:
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. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students
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Level

Open to Undergraduate students.