Students were expected to have watched the film by classtime.


Introduction: Feminist Film Theory and the Politics of Vision

In class: Clips from Peeping Tom, Some Like It Hot, Mad Men.

Vertigo. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount Picture, 1958.  
2 The Women’s Film and Makeover Narratives Now, Voyager. Directed by Irving Rapper. Warner Bros., 1942.  
3 Body Makeovers The Devil Wears Prada. Directed by David Frankel. Twentieth Century Fox, 2006.  

Body Genres and The Final Girl

In class: Clips from Thelma and Louise, Terminator 2, Carrie.

Alien. Directed by Ridley Scott. Twentieth Century Fox, 1979.  

Action Thrillers and the Rape Revenge Cycle

In class: Clips from The Silence of the Lambs, Kill Bill 2.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Directed by David Fincher. Columbia Pictures, 2012.  
6 Adolescent Bodies / Teen Sexuality Thirteen. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2003.  
7 Extreme Body Mastery: Discipline and Surveillance Black Swan. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2010.  

Narratives of Pregnancy

Related media: Teen Mom, Baby Mama, The Switch

Juno. Directed by Jason Reitman. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007. Submit final projects

Narratives of Family and Questions of Sexualities

Special Event: Women Take the Reel Film Festival

No films.  

Imperiled Masculinity, Monstrous Mothers, and At Risk Teens

Related media: Spanglish, Ginger and Rosa

American Beauty. Directed by Sam Mendes. DreamWorks SKG, 1999. Final papers due
11 Transgender Bodies Boys Don’t Cry. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1999.  
12 Unruly Bodies, Part One Precious. Directed by Lee Daniels. Lionsgate, 2009.  
13 Unruly Bodies, Part Two Bridesmaids. Directed by Paul Feig. Universal Pictures, 2011.  
14 Student Project Presentations    

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Spring 2014
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