ENGL 778 (01) - Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture

Race and Gender in Film

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 16206
This course explores representations of race and gender in American cinema and popular culture and features weekly readings in contemporary race and gender theories. Topics include the black women's gaze; woman as object; the action hero and hyper-masculinity; hybridity; race/ethnicity and hypersexuality; the crisis of white masculinity; white privilege; sexual orientation; transsexual and transgender performance. This course is reading and Canvas intensive, requiring weekly writing assignments and papers. It is NOT writing intensive.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Delia Konzett

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS G34
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This course will explore representations of gender and race in American cinema and popular culture, ranging from Classical Hollywood, social critical cinema of the 1950s/1960s to contemporary films that feature representations of the body in various contexts. Weekly readings of contemporary gender and race theories will guide us in identifying the various stereotypes and subversive aspects depicted in cinema and popular culture. Topics include various representations of masculinity and the crisis of white masculinity; the black woman’s gaze; objectification and lighting of white women; race/ethnicity and hypersexuality; white privilege; sexual orientation; and transgender performance. This course is reading and writing intensive and examples from films will be discussed and closely analyzed in class. Films discussed include Deliverance; Jackie BrownPocahontasTwilightParis is Burning; Moonlight; Get Out; BlacKkKlansman; Creed; The Farewell. Please note that this course requires heavy use of myCourses (mC).

In Fall 2022 this course satisfies the Race Requirement for English department majors. 

ENGL 778 may be taken as an upper-level elective by general English majors.

In Fall 2022 ENGL 778 may be taken for Capstone credit by English department majors if it is not used to satisfy any other requirement areas. Pick up a Capstone Declaration form in the main English office (HS 230F) if interested.