Queer Aesthetics: Film and Video
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NCST 3504
Course Format: Workshop
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Cultural Studies
This course is part of a series of one-credit courses that consider the question: What is a queer aesthetic? Through an examination of 20th will approach this question through a sustained engagement with art practice, form, and political content. In the 1990’s filmmakers like Todd Haynes, Tom Kalin, and Rose Troche became part of a movement that B. Ruby Rich coined as New Queer Cinema. Informed in part by AIDS activism and the development of queer theory, these filmmakers played with the conventions of cinema and popular film in order to fashion something of a queer political worldview and subjectivity. Beginning from this movement, we will look at a larger history queer cinema, exploring possible influences for these filmmakers and those who continue to produce work in the legacy of new queer cinema. Rather than presume queerness as synonymous with homosexuality, we will consider queerness in relation to a larger questions of anti-normativity. Filmmakers on the syllabus include the following: Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol, Barbara Hammer, Richard Fung, Jack Smith, Ryan Trecartin, and Jibz Cameron. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students