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124220 SE Cultural and Media Studies Seminar (2020S)

Gender Confusion? From Cross-Dressing to Transgenderism in Film

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

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Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 13.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 13.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Samstag 14.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Samstag 14.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Samstag 14.03. 14:30 - 15:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 27.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Freitag 27.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Samstag 28.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Samstag 28.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Samstag 28.03. 14:30 - 15:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Cross-dressing was first depicted in silent cinema in the 1910s. It is still frequently used in film for comedic purposes, inevitably reinforcing the gender binary. Yet a number of films portray cross-dressing as a part of a more complex issue – transgenderism. In such contexts, cross-dressing, from a merely comedic device, turns into a serious sociopolitical problem that film often deals with raising the questions of inequality, rejection, and trauma. Beginning with the issue of cross-dressing, we will examine the differences in depicting a cross-dressed woman and a cross-dressed man. We will then focus on cinematic portrayals of transgenderism, trying to understand why transgenderism is usually displayed as a traumatic experience. The course is designed to analyze the aesthetics of gender transformation through re/cross-dressing, changing one’s hairstyle, gait, and behavior, thus adjusting oneself to various conventional social standards of femininity and masculinity. Additionally, we will discuss to what extent cross-dressing and transgenderism are the results of “gender confusion,” and see who is really “confused” – an individual or society – and why this still happens today.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Requirements:
Attendance and active participation in course discussions (a maximum of two absences will be allowed); oral presentation; term paper.

Presentation:
A presentation should last 60 minutes. Students need to get in touch with the instructor at least one week before their presentation and discuss the topic that they would like to deal with in their presentation. Your presentation should include an analysis of assigned readings, your own interpretation of the chosen film, a detailed examination of at least one scene from the film, and a task for the audience. The audience should be ready to ask questions and/or provide comments at the end of each presentation.

Term Paper:
Term paper topics are chosen by students but can be discussed with the instructor. The structure of a term paper will be explained by the instructor. Any form of plagiarism will result in a failing grade.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

• Active participation in class discussions (including responses to presentations): 20%
• Oral Presentation: 30%
• Term Paper: 50%
To pass the course, students must attain at least 60%

Prüfungsstoff

There will be no written exam at the end of the course.

Literatur

Students need to watch the following films:

 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sharman, 1975)
 Tootsie (Pollack, 1982)
 M. Butterfly (Cronenberg, 1993)
 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994)
 Boys Don’t Cry (Peirce, 1999)
 Big Momma’s House (Gosnell, 2000)

Other texts (films and secondary source materials) will be available via Moodle or provided in class.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322; BA 09.2; MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0405

Letzte Änderung: Di 08.09.2020 13:28