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Interterm Classes

Feminism & Film

GWST 2700- 4 credits

Dates: December 9-13, 2013
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Instructor: Lindsey Feitz

Description: This course will use mainstream, Hollywood films as a medium to introduce students to some of the basic foundations of feminist theory.  Students will learn some foundational concepts of gender/sexuality studies and critically apply them to contemporary movies. Rather than focus exclusively on film production, our goal is to begin to read films as cultural texts with a “feminist lens” and recognize how Hollywood’s representations of gender, sexuality, and race shape understandings of ourselves and others.  Genres will range from popular “bromances” and chick flicks to independent films that challenge viewers’ notions of love, romance, sex, and adventure.

Although this class will resonate with anyone who loves movies, students will be taught (and required) to view them with a critical, scholarly, feminist lens.  They will also be asked to apply these newfound concepts to their everyday lives with the goal of better understanding how popular films shape their own identities and the world around them.   Thus, in addition to watching films, this course will also include a healthy dose of reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Contact: Lindsey Feitz at Lindsey.Feitz@du.edu.

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