Syllabus

PDF of syllabus available here.  

SYLLABUS 

WEEK ONE – GENDER/SEXUALITY/IDENTITY

NO SCREENING

MON 1/14 – What is gender, what is sexuality?

WED 1/16 – Terms and Context

Gauntlett, Chapters 1&2

WEEK TWO – REPRESENTATION PAST

NO SCREENING

MON 1/21 – NO CLASS

WED 1/23 – Girls Culture

Gauntlett, Chapter 3 – “Representations of Gender in the Past”

Hains, Stern, Mazzarella, “We Didn’t Have Any Hannah Montanas: Girlhood, Popular Culture, and Mass Media in the 1940s and 1950s”

WEEK THREE – REPRESENTATION PRESENT 

SCREENING: His Girl Friday, Mad Men 

MON 1/28 – Boys Culture

Griffin, “Kings of the Wild Backyard: Davy Crockett and Children’s Space”

Watch: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Pts. 1 & 2 (YouTube)

WED 1/30

Gauntett, Chapter 4, “Representations of Gender Today”

WEEK FOUR – THE MALE / FEMALE GAZE 

SCREENING: Magic Mike 

MON 2/4

Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and the Narrative Cinema”

WED 2/6

Jennifer Margret Smith, “Gazes, Pleasure, and the Failure of Magic Mike” 

Dodai Stevens, “Magic Mike, Junk in the Face and the Female Gaze” 

“(Un)feminist Guilty Pleasure: I Don’t Want to Critique Magic Mike

WEEK FIVE – SEXUALITIES 

SCREENING: Glee, Sherlock 

MON 2/11

Gauntlett, Chapter 7 – “Queer Theories and Fluid Identities”

Doty, “There’s Something Queer Here” (CLEo)

WED 2/13

Allison McCracken, The Countertenor and the Crooner, Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Explore: “JohnLock Fanfic

WEEK SIX – CAMP 

NO SCREENING

MON 2/18 – NO CLASS

WED 2/20:

Susan Sontag, “Notes on Camp”

Richard Dyer, “It’s Being So Camp as Keeps Us Going”

WEEK SEVEN – MASCULINITIES 

SCREENING: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Workaholics, The League, Tosh.0 

MON 2/25 – Sports / Bro-Culture

Messner, Dunbar, Hunt, “The Televised Sports Manhood Formula” (CLEo)

WED 2/27 – Bromance

Becker, “Becoming Bromosexual” (CLEo)

West, “How to Make a Rape Joke

WEEK EIGHT – PORN 

NO SCREENING

MON 3/4 –

Annabelle Mooney, “Boys Will Be Boys: Men’s Magazines and the Normalization of Pornography” (CLEo)

WED 3/6: NO CLASS

SPRING BREAK 

WEEK NINE – POSTFEMINISM 

Screening: What Not to Wear, Say Yes to the Dress, The New Girl, The Mindy Project 

MON 3/25

Tasker and Negra, “Interrogating Postfeminism”

WED 3/27

Roberts, “The Fashion Police: Governing the Self in What Not to Wear

Sconce, “The Market in Quirk

WEEK TEN – ROMANCE 

SCREENING: Breaking Dawn, Part One 

MON 4/1 – Fifty Shades of Grey 

Excerpt from Fifty Shades of Grey

Is the Bestselling ‘Mommy Porn’ Book Worth the Hype?

Spanking Goes Mainstream

What Katie Roiphe Gets Wrong

WED 4/3 – Twilight Fandom

Petersen, “That Teenage Feeling: Twilight, Fantasy, and Feminist Readers”

WEEK ELEVEN – POST-POST-FEMINISM?  

SCREENING: Girls, Parks and Recreation 

MON 4/8 – The New Women’s “Magazine”

Explore: The Hairpin, Rookiemag 

Read: Molly Fisher, “So Many Feelings”

WED 4/10 – Feminist Television (?)

Emily Nussbaum, “It’s Different For Girls

Dear Leslie Knope

WEEK TWELVE – MUSIC 

SCREENING: Assorted Music Videos (on own)

MON 4/15 – Intersectionality

Crenshaw, “Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crew”

Rihanna’s Feelings Are For Her to Know, and Us To Figure Out

Rihanna’s Birthday Cake: Reasons to Listen

WED 4/17 – Hipsterism

1D Internet Fantasies: Liz Lemon, One Direction, and The Manic Pixie Dream Guy.

It Isn’t (Just) Ironic: In Defense of the Hipster

FRI 4/19 – FIRST DRAFT OF OBJECT ANALYSIS DUE 

WEEK THIRTEEN – NEW MEDIA 

NO SCREENING

MON 4/22 – Pinterest

Pinning Postfeminism

The Scary, Weird World of Pinterest Thinspo Boards

A Man’s Guide to Pinterest
39 Ways Men Use Pinterest

PEER-REVIEW COMMENTS DUE 

WED 4/24 – Facebook / Tumblr / Twitter / Encounters

No Reading: Crowdsource Examples (Instructions Forthcoming)

FRI 4/26 – FINAL DRAFT OF OBJECT ANALYSIS DUE 

WEEK FOURTEEN – FANDOM  

SCREENING: Assorted Vids (On Own)

MON 4/29 –  Remixing

Coppa, “Women, Star Trek, and the Early Development of Fannish Vidding

WED 5/1 – ‘Zines

Piepmeier, “If I Didn’t Write These Things No One Else Would Either: The Feminist Legacy of Grrrl Zines and the Origins of the Third Wave”

WEEK FIFTEEN – 

MON 5/6 – CLASS CONCLUSIONS / EVALUATIONS

FINAL SCREENING/SHARING: SATURDAY, MAY 11 2-4 PM 

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