Feminist Cultural Studies
This synchronous course has students practice analyzing racialized representations of gender and sexuality in popular, contemporary American culture. We watch music videos and consider social media; we analyze marketing and interpret film. We study how popular culture produces racialized masculinities and femininities, and we ponder the pleasures and perils of those productions. Students draw on theoretical texts in feminist theory, trans studies, and critical race studies to analyze culture. Readings are collected in a course pack. Students draft, in addition to several short writing assignments, two essays. They work collaboratively to revise their writing, and they participate in group discussion.