The F Word: Feminisms in Popular Television and Film
View Additional Course Information:
Including faculty, schedule, credits, CRN and location.
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NCOM 3006
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
In this course, we examine the relationship between feminism and popular film and TV from the postwar era to the present. We look at depictions of women on film and TV, asking: What is feminism, and how do we recognize it? What is at stake in naming characters like single-gal icon Carrie Bradshaw, working girl Liz Lemon, and the Real Housewives as feminist? Do Thelma and Louise's road trip, Precious' struggle for self-determination, and the Bridesmaids characters' debauchery mark them as feminist? In what ways are female characters represented as feminist on screen? We also ask how feminism as a cultural movement has defined female audiences and affected women working in production, considering figures like Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, and fans of films and programs like Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Students are introduced to the diverse and evolving definitions of feminism and then apply them in analyzing current media representations, modes of production and exhibition, and audience reception.