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125010 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2012W)

American Freak Show: Ambiguous Genders, Queer Sexualities, and the Disfigured Body

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

Dienstag, 8. Jänner 2013: Film Screening

Details

max. 24 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 11.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 18.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 25.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 08.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 15.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 22.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 29.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 06.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 13.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Dienstag 08.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Donnerstag 10.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 17.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 24.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 31.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this course, we will have a look at the American “Freak Show” tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Freak Shows have a long and rich tradition in the U.S.; the exhibition of “abnormal” and disfigured bodies in “human museums,” dime shows, circuses, and amusement parks was a flourishing business and constituted a central aspect of the popular amusement and entertainment industry. Focusing on representation of ambiguous and disfigured bodies in American literature, film, and photography, we will investigate the cultural work “freaks” perform as metaphors for estrangement, alienation, and sexual deviance. Freak shows, it is generally argued, provided a safe encounter with the Other, as they established a clear distance between audience and spectacle through the exposure of the freak to the audience’s objectifying gaze. The freakish body, it has often been suggested, serves as a trope for racial otherness, sexual deviance, gender ambiguity, or physical disability, allowing the audience to cope with pervasive fears and anxieties about race, sexuality, or disfigurement.
Focusing on ambiguous genders and queer sexualities, we will investigate embodied deviance and analyze how and why certain bodies were seen as threatening to modern American society. Our primary material includes the novella The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951) by Carson McCullers, the short story "Good Country People" (1955) by Flannery O'Connor, the film Freaks (1932) by Tod Browning, and late 19th century lithography and photography (Currier and Ives, Charles Eisenmann, Mathew Brady et al.). The discussion of the primary material will be preceded by an introduction to body and gender theories and a discussion of the cultural history of the "freak," which will provide us with the tools to critically analyze the visual representation of embodied deviance.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Class participation, including readings and class discussions; group presentation; term paper

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

This course aims to increase and deepen students’ knowledge of significant concepts in body and cultural theories and to encourage students to reflect critically on literature and visual cultures. Furthermore, this class will enable students to apply concepts in critically reflected ways to interpret primary sources and to engage effectively in contemporary cultural discourses and debates in both oral and written form.

Prüfungsstoff

The introductory phase will feature short lectures and multi-media presentations, followed by group and class discussions. In the second phase of this course, students will be required to give group presentations in class and guide group discussions. The tentative schedule also includes sessions on research methods and academic writing, in which students will be provided with worksheets and will have the opportunity to discuss potential paper topics.

Literatur

All primary and secondary reading material will be made available in a course reader. A film screening is scheduled for January.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: Diplom 343, BA 612;
Code/Modul: Diplom 501, BA09.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4040

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:50