The subject of study will be the marking of bodies by electronic and live performance media. Students will explore how representations of bodies in these media (principally films) interrelate with social constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, disease, and criminality in postmodern culture. By interrogating techniques and technologies of production and reception of meanings, students will learn how to think critically about the discursive formations of subjects, others, and visual culture. Materials will include screenings as well as readings in film theory, performance studies, cyberculture, and cultural studies. Instructional methods will include lectures, discussions, readings, presentations, writing assignments, and examinations. This course may be used to satisfy an elective requirement for the English major as well as minor requirements in African and African Diaspora studies, Asian studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Prerequisites: One previous or concurrent course in AADS or WGSX, or consent of the instructor.
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