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January 13

Week 1- Queer Theories/Queer Movies Introductions and Syllabus Review: – Setting the stage for queer cinema: art, politics, and transformed categories -history, selections from Celluloid Closet. – Screening of It Wasn’t Love (dir. Sadie Benning, 1992; 19 min) – For 1/20 … Continue reading

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January 20

Week 2- Queer Theories – RJ: What is “Queer Cinema”?     1-2 paragraphs. Cite NQC at least 1 time. How is the Karen Carpenter Story queer? What is Karen Carpenter story and Pink Flamingos implying about the nuclear family and “straight” life? … Continue reading

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January 27

Week 3- – RJ: How is Hedwig a queer movie? What is your response to this film viscerally? Intellectually? How does queer theory help us to understand queer cinema? (2-3 paragraphs) – READ: Annamarie Jagose, Ch. 8/ “Contestations of Queer” … Continue reading

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February 3

Week 4- RJ: What does “performative” mean?  How does the term apply to gender? What are some other key terms in Butler’s work?  What do they mean?  How is gender “performative”? Please address a specific scence in the film, as well … Continue reading

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February 10

USEFUL CINEMA STUDIES TERMS: doc modes Mise-en-scène (notes) Week 5- – READ: Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure & Narrative Cinema” ___________leads discussion And New Lesbian Film (Anat Pick) Chapter 8 (NQC) – In class discuss: Women and cinema: pleasure, spectacle, narrative, and … Continue reading

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February 17

Week 6- – RJ: How does Hairspray queer Race? Also: How does Fanon’s perspective on the racial gaze differ from or comment on Mulvey’s perspective on the gendered gaze? Are there examples of a racial/racialized gaze in any of the … Continue reading

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February 24

Week 7- – RJ: Robert Lang offers an argument about why this film is “queer not gay”— and radical in its refusal of neat resolutions—-do you agree or disagree? Explain. Cite at least two of the readings as well as … Continue reading

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