Sexual Personae
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5123
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media Studies
This course examines the cultural construction of female sexuality by comparing and contrasting works created within the sex industry, promoted by mass media, and produced by women artists using sexually explicit material. We will develop a discourse on gender politics by examining the culturally constructed relationship of male/female desire; the female perspective of sexual arousal; the commodification of sexuality and the queer reconstruction of sexual identity. Works to be screened range from classic pornography, Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat, to exploitation films by Doris Wishman and Russ Meyer, to experimental works by Barbara Rubin, Barbara Hammer, and Annie Sprinkle and a wide range of contemporary, cutting-edge films. Readings will include classic literature such as Story of the Eye, contemporary theories by Robert Stoller, Linda Williams, Pat Califia, and Judith Butler, and legal documents on censorship, such as the Meese Commission Report.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.