Gender and Visual Culture
(A gender és vizuális kultúra) in spring 2015
, Tue 14:00–15:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: FLI11-101
description & set texts
This course is an introduction to visual culture studies with a focus on problems of gender and representation. After discussing the basic questions of what is represented, who gets to represent it and how it is represented, the course will explore how specific visual media contribute to and complicate constructions of gender.
1. Nicholas Mirzoeff: What Is Visual Culture?
Donna Haraway: The Persistence of Vision
2. Screening of film Paris Is Burning
3. Judith Butler: Gender Is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion
4. Linda Nochlin: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists
Susan Sontag: Notes On Camp
5. Sander L. Gilman: Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature
6. Laura Mulvey: Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
7. Bell Hooks: The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators
8. Screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)
9. Janet Wolff: Reinstating Corporeality
10. Reina Lewis: Looking Good: The Lesbian Gaze and Fashion Imagery
11. Tania Modleski: The Search for Tomorrow in Today’s Soap Operas
12. Patricia Morton: The Social and the Poetic: Feminist Practices in Architecture, 1970-2000
Elizabeth Grosz: Bodies-Cities
requirements & assessment
Grades will be based on (i) oral presentation (ii) class participation and (iii)quiz and final test grade.
Attendance. It is assumed that everyone will attend the classes. In accordance with university regulations, students are allowed three absences per semester; with more than three absences, their course will be incomplete.
Reading the assigned texts. Course packet will be available for xeroxing.
Students are required to come prepared for class: they must be able to understand the texts (know the words), remember details, and formulate their critical comments. Not reading the assignment for a class counts as an absence.