March 3

Week 8-

– In Class: All Over Me, (dir. Alex Sichel, 1997, 90 min); Discuss these two visions of teen life, Araki/vs. Sichel

– No RJ today, Midterm paper due

– READ: “Potential Lesbians” Lesbians at 2 O’Clock: The Heterosexualizaiton of Lesbianism in Recent Teen Films” by Tricia Jenkins

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March 10


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March 17

Week 10- CAMP

FOR 3/14 WATCH: But I’m a Cheerleader (dir. Jamie Babbit, 1999, 85 min) or Hairspray if you missed it)

– RJ: Using Sontag’s definition, and citing the other readings,—how are these film camp? Compare But I’m a Cheerleader with the original Hairspray.

– READ:  “Notes on Camp” by Susan Sontag, “Camp and the Gay Sensibility” Jack Babuscio, Reclaiming the Discourse of Camp, Moe Meyer

– Screening after class of Hairspray (Adam Shankman, 2007, 117 min) remake (optional)

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March 24

Week 11-

– Event during the day with John Waters (required)

– Waters event required at 7:30 pm

– FOR 3/31 WATCH: The Brandon Teena Story (dirs. Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir, 1998, 84 min.) AND BOYS DON’t CRY

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March 31

Week 12- TRANSidentities


FOR TODAY WATCH Boys Don’t Cry Boys Don’t Cry (dir. Kimberly Peirce, 1999, 118min. AND The Brandon Teena Story

– RJ: Respond to Halberstam’s and Eilerass’s analysis with your own analysis of the two film. Do fiction and nonfiction films hold different potentials for transgender cinema? How do the two texts compare?

– READ: Unclosing Brandon Halberstam

  • Discussion of Halberstam lead by __________

And “The Brandon Teena Story: Rethinking The Body, Gender Identity and Violence Against Women” by  Karina Eileraas

– In Class: Where do “identity politics” reinsert themselves into debates over queer cinema?

And The Trouble When Jane Becomes Jack by Paul Vitello


  • Selections chosen by __________who will lead a discussion of the differences in representing FTM issues vs. MTF issues.

– In Class Discuss: How queer theory and queer cinema accommodate transgender lives?

– In class: Watch sections of Ma Vie En Rose (dir. Alain Berliner, 1997, 88 min)

MAYBE: Selections from Shinjuku Boys (dir. Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams, 1995, 53 min)

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April 7

Week 13-

For the RJ, relate the “coming out” genre of Show Me Love (Fucking Amal) to one of the other films in the course, and practice using film terms to describe the visual spaces in the film. Bring to class: outline with sources and biblio for final paper. Use the extra time this week to see one of your director’s other films.

OPTIONAL READING ON Fucking Amal fucking amal

Decide on public film presentation: Heartbeats (2010) or Totally Fucked Up (1993) or Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

– FOR 4/14 (see assignment in the “Assignments” tab, and choose one of the following to watch and present on, with a classmate.)

WATCH: Water Lilies (France, dir. Celine Sciamma, 2007, 85 min.), Head On (Greece, dir. Fatih Akin, 2004, 121 min), Fucking Amal (Sweden, dir. Lukas Moodysson, 1998, 89 min), My Beautiful Launderette (UK, dir. Stephen Frears, 1985, 97 min), Keep Not Silent (Israel, dir. Ilil Alexander, 2004, 52 min), Beautiful Thing (UK, dir. Hettie Macdonald, 1996, 90 min), Strawberries and Chocolate (Cuba, dir. Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio, 1994, 108 min), Fire (India, dir. Deepa Mehta, 1996, 108 min), Paper Dolls (Israel, dir Tomer Heymann, 2006, 80 min), Heavenly Creatures (New Zealand, Peter Jackson, 1994, 99 min), Savage Nights, France, Cyril Collard, 1992.) Others, TBD.

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April 14

Week 14- Global Images of Queer Lives

– Student Presentations

– Plan public screening



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