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CMS 321 A: Oppositional Cinema/media

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
SIG 228
Joint Sections: 
CHID 270 D

Syllabus Description:

CMS 321 AQ 17 Queer Screens SLN 12744, M/W 2:35-4:20 SIG 228 In some sense, we are in a new era of queer identities and representation. LGBTQIA+ identities are now part of popular media in ways they have never been before. From Orange is the New Black to Transparent, Hit and Miss and Grace and Frankie, queer and trans bodies have become the fodder of mainstream film and TV, but what happens when the mainstream assumes representations of the other? Queer Screens considers the discussion of bodies as visual text from the 1980s to present. We interrogate proposed binaries between presumed male and female to arrive and gender expansive discourses. 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 nation/ race/ class/ gender/ ability and sexuality as they complicate political agendas and blur binaries between male and female, gay and straight. We will look at photography, TV, film and other contemporary visual narrative, including a visit to Seattle’s Queer Film Festival. We will look at the emergence of queer theory as it becomes central to feminist theory and queer theory as it emerges in its own directions in the context of international independent queer visual narratives. Other than those from the Queer Film Festival, all films will be streamed through Canvas. It is expected that students will obtain access to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu independently since copy write infringement prevents the instructor from providing access to these forms of streaming.

Catalog Description: 
Approaches film and related media as socially and politically engaged practice, with focus on screen media produced or received in "opposition" to dominant cultural and entertainment industry norms. Topics vary.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
Last updated: 
March 29, 2018 - 9:12pm