ENGL 4500 Queer Cinema/Queer Theory (Spring: 3 )
Queer readings of cinema make especially clear queer theory's departure from enterprises that made it possible: from feminism, psychoanalysis, gay studies, and the search for "positive" representations, for example. Offering an introduction to queer theory, this course will also ask broader questions about sexuality and film. How does queer theory influence one's thinking about spectatorship? Why do we find films sexy even when, in a sterner mood, we might nevertheless find them politically objectionable? What if we look at films not as "examples" to be glossed but as modes of thought that pursue questions of sexuality in their own terms?
Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi
Last Updated: 21-Jan-16