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120692 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2022W)

"Horrible White People" - Gender, Genre, and Precarious Whiteness in TV

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 05.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 12.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 19.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 09.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 16.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 23.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 30.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 07.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 14.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 11.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 18.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 25.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this class we will thoroughly discuss the book Horrible White People. Gender, Genre, and Television’s Precarious Whiteness (2020) by Taylor Nygaard and Jorie Lagerwey. The authors identify a particular cycle of TV comedies emerging mostly between 2014 and 2016, which feature “well-meaning, floundering, seemingly suffering, self-identifying liberals”, a cycle that further can be defined through “the bleak grimness, black humor, and ethos of failure that unite these disparate comedies in their centering of White precarity” (5).
We will critically examine the key argument, that “even television that is culturally and socially relevant, award-winning prestige TV, technologically innovative, and generically, representationally, and artistically progressive— even that beautiful television—can function to sustain and perpetuate White people’s cultural centrality and power” (3). In order to do so, we will draw on current scholarship on discourses about racism and diversity in the media landscape, whiteness studies and cultural studies more generally.

Moreover we will also use the book as a blueprint to identify and learn how to develop an argument for writing an academic paper in cultural media studies, to see how close textual analysis and conjunctural analysis work in tandem, and how to deal with the pitfalls of such methodologies.
Based on the arguments and concepts discussed in the book and in class, students will form study groups to collaboratively analyze other TV productions. Within these study groups individual proposals for the proseminar papers will be developed. The proposals for individual proseminar papers need to be handed in around mid term and will be briefly presented alongside relevant resources to get early feedback. The longer final presentations of each study group should include the overall structure of the paper, key ideas and examples.

Throughout the semester, students have to prepare and respond to reading and research tasks, and prepare feedback to in-class presentations.

Students who do not have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime need to get in touch to make sure to organize opportunities to watch the shows discussed in class.

Assessment and permitted materials

active participation in class and via moodle, continuous preparatory readings, participation in small research and feedback groups, an individual research paper proposal, and an individual pro-seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Part 1: Participation: (e.g. active in-class participation, forum posts, presentation, research tasks, peer review tasks): 40 credits
Part 2: Individual research proposal (700 words +/-10%) 10 credits
Part 3: Proseminar paper (3500 words +/-10%, word count excluding bibliography): 50 credits

Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60%
(extra-credits possible in part 1)

Scale:
1: 100-90 credits
2: 89-80 credits
3: 79-70 credits
4: 69-60 credits
5: 59-0 credits

In order to pass, you need to fulfil each individual requirement and complete tasks on time. You can miss two classes.
The plagiarism detection software Turnitin will be used on most written assignments (research proposal, proseminar paper).

Examination topics

Everything that has been covered in class. For some tasks you will have to do additional research.
There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Nygaard, Taylor, and Jorie Lagerwey. Horrible White People: Gender, Genre, and Television’s Precarious Whiteness. New York University Press, 2020.
Lopez, Lori Kido. Race and Media: Critical Approaches. New York University Press, 2020.

compulsory TV shows:

Catastrophe (Prime)
Fleabag (Prime)
Dear White People (Netflix)
and those selected in study groups

Association in the course directory

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

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