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120691 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2016W)

"Naturalization" & Deconstruction. Cultural Representations of Gender, Sex and Race as "the Other"

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

CS concentrates especially on issues of cultural "identity" and "difference" and these categories are seen as fundamentally intertwined with notions of gender, sex and race. Race, exactly like sex, was taken as an 'immediate given', 'physical features' belonging to a natural order. (Wittig) Gender, sex and race are so central to the study of culture that most of the theoretical traditions have something to say about them: there is a common emphasis on the cultural constructions of gender, sex and race as marked categories signifying a naturalized Other.
Focusing on an in-depth analysis of poststructuralist deconstructive theories we will see that these are interrelated but must not be interchangeably used / applied. A discussion of diverse approaches to cultural exclusionary practices will show how these approaches can be used as exciting tools to unlock such power-discourses in practical examples from film, literature, media,etc.
The course will operate within a structure of three levels of investigation:
(1) Cultural significations of the gendered and sexed Other: we will analyze cultural codings of femininity, masculinity, and the body in context of theories on compulsory heterosexuality, performativity, and performance of transgressive sexual identities which disrupt patriarchal hegemony. (e.g. Beauvoir, Foucault, Butler, Kristeva).
(2) Cultural significations of the Racial Other: we will consider historical imperialistic/colonial cultural representations and the complex shifts in postcolonial representational practices in the late 20th and 21st centuries. In focus are representations of the Primitive/Uncultured; representations of Black/s (Fanon, Hall, Mercer); constructions of Oriental identity (Said, Bhabha) and subaltern-studies.
(3) Finally, we will examine cultural exclusionary processes of double Othering (e.g. bell hooks), but also encounter utopian political concepts on transcending the categories of gender/sex/race altogether (Haraway).

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 07.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 14.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 21.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 28.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 04.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 11.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 18.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 25.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 02.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 09.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 16.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 13.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 20.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 27.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course will operate within a structure of three levels of investigation:
(1) Cultural significations of the gendered and sexed Other: here we will trace how oppressive & repressive practices were & are established and questioned in historical and contemporary contexts by analyzing cultural codings of femininity, masculinity, and the body in context of theories on compulsory heterosexuality, performativity, and performance of transgressive sexual identities which disrupt patriarchal hegemony. (e.g. Beauvoir, Foucault, Butler, Kristeva).
(2) Cultural significations of the Racial Other: here we will analyze historical imperialistic/colonial cultural representations and the complex shifts in postcolonial representational practices in the late 20th and 21st centuries. We will concentrate on representations of the Primitive/Uncultured; representations of Black/s (Fanon, Hall, Mercer); constructions of Oriental identity (Said, Bhabha) and subaltern-studies(Spivak).
(3) Finally, we will examine differences between the silencing power of domineering signifying practices of identity and the struggles of voices for
self-representation within their marginalized cultural positioning as the Other. We will consider cultural exclusionary processes of double Othering (e.g. bell hooks), but also encounter utopian political concepts on transcending the categories of gender/sex/race altogether (Haraway).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular participation
Mandatory reading of assigned texts & viewing of assigned films
Oral presentation (10-15 mins)
Participation in plenum discussions
Final paper (about 3000 words)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Theoretical and cultural texts will be provided on moodle and in a Handapparat (Anglistik library)
Tentative list of texts & films for Analysis (the ultimate selection will be provided in the first unit - i.e. a reduced list & minor changes possible):
Texts:
Kerouac. "The Subterraneans" (1958, excerpts)
Coetzee. Foe. (1986)
Winterson. Written on the Body. (1992)
Films.
Darjeeling Limited (Anderson, 2007)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
Holy Smoke (Campion, 1999)
Persepolis (Satrapi 1969/2007)
American History X (Kaye, 1998)
The Crying Game (Jordan, 1992)


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA09.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4040

Letzte Änderung: Mi 09.09.2020 00:22