C LIT 302 A: Theory Of Film: Critical Concepts

Queer Theory

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
MGH 287
SLN: 
11732
Instructor:
Tamara Cooper

Overview of the main conceptual problems in film criticism such as: "What is a film?", "What is the relationship between film and reality?", "Does a film have a language?", "What is the connection between image and sound?" Follows a historical timeline within five individual sections.

Queer Theory - is open to AIS, AES, CHID, ENGL, GWSS, DRAMA and C Lit students during Period 1 registration.

Mondays and Wednesdays are lecture days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are screening days for those who chose to see the films on 'the big screen.' All films will be streamed to facilitate working schedules and the possibility of review. Queer Theory considers the discussion of “female” and “male” bodies as visual text from the 1980s to present. What do gender and sexuality mean? What has gender to do with representations of sexuality? When and where do we begin to consider a transitioning body? Students will look at moments of intersection between race/ class/ gender and sexuality as they complicate political agendas and blur binaries between male and female, gay and straight. We will look at the emergence of queer theory as it becomes central to feminist theory and queer cinema as it begins to form its own directions in the context of international independent queer and feminist narrative and documentary film.

Catalog Description: 
Overview of the main conceptual problems in film criticism such as: "What is a film?", "What is the relationship between film and reality?", "Does a film have a language?", "What is the connection between image and sound?" Follows a historical timeline within five individual sections.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am