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 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 13578
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.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Instructors: Delia Konzett

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm 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 Mahogany; Deliverance; Jackie BrownPocahontasTwilightThe Shining; Moonlight; The Silence of the Lambs; Get Out. Please note that this course requires heavy use of myCourses (mC)/Canvas.

This course satisfies the Race, Gender & Postcolonial Studies requirement for English majors following degree requirements activated in Fall 2023. 

This course satisfies the Race & Racial Theories requirement for English Literature, English:TBD, English Teaching, English/Journalism, English/Law 3+3  majors. 

This course may be taken for CAPSTONE credit by English majors following degree requirements in place prior to Fall 2023. Pick up a Capstone Decalration Form in the main ENGL office (HS 230F) if interested in this option.