Sexuality, Gender, Film

Course Code
MDST 3505
Credits
3
Department
Andrea Press
Professor

In this course we will examine what has become known as the “classical Hollywood cinema,” looking historically at how genres developed; how different historical periods led to different modes of reception; how in particular the Depression and World War II affected the development of Hollywood’s Golden Age; and how Hollywood both exacerbated racial, gendered, sexual, social class, and ethnic discrimination and domination, and challenged it, depending upon which studio and filmmaker, and which social period is examined.  We’ll accomplish this through examining a series of popular films, moving through the decades of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.”  Throughout the class, however, we will pay particular attention to the present; each week student presentation groups will be responsible for bringing in a current media example.