Art(core): Gender, Sexuality, and Cinema
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3485
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media & Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Media Studies
Description:
This course examines the cultural construction of gender and sexuality within the poetics of cinema. We discuss gender politics through male/female representation in both mainstream and alternative cinema, including underground and experimental media. A variety of works are screened in class or viewed at home: the documentary Blue Movies; the Mae West classic I'm No Angel; the 1970s hardcore feature Behind the Green Door; "exploitation" films by Doris Whitman and Russ Meyer; experimental works by Barbara Rubin, Jack Smith, and Carolee Schneeman; and two contemporary boundary-crossing films, Shortbus and Destricted. Readings include surrealist literature, such as The Story of the Eye; contemporary theoretical writings by Michel Foucault, Barbara Creed, Linda Williams, Patrick Califia, and Laura Kipnis; and legal documents relating to censorship, such as the Meese Commission Report.
Course Open to: Degree Students