Master of Suspense: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3006
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
This course will study the relationship between feminism and popular Film and TV from the post-war era through the present. How and when do feminist discourses manifest in popular media and how do we know it when we see it? From single gal icon Carrie Bradshaw, working girl Liz Lemon and the Real Housewives of… what is at stake in naming these characters as ‘feminist’? Thelma & Louise’s road trip, Precious’ self-determination or Bridesmaids’ debauchery? In what ways are female characters represented as feminist on-screen? Kathryn Bigelow as the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director to the fandom of Twilight and Buffy, how as a cultural movement has feminism defined female audiences and impacted women working in production? This class will introduce students to the diverse and evolving definitions of feminism in order to apply these analytical frameworks onto current media representations, modes of production, exhibition and audience reception.
Course Open to: Degree Students