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128110 VO Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2017S)

Screening Pleasure

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

Failed lecture registration / Moodle access:

Students who still miss prerequisites for this lecture (your current registration status is "angelegt" or "wiederaufgenommen") will be registered by our SSS staff to provide full access to Moodle. Registration lists will be checked at least once a week. There is no need to contact the SSS and/or lecturer(s) personally.
Please note: Students do need to have completed all curricular prerequisites before they can take the corresponding exam (separate registration necessary).

Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 07.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 14.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 21.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 28.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 04.04. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 25.04. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 02.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 09.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 16.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 23.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 30.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 13.06. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 20.06. 18:15 - 20:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

“Screening Pleasure” aims at presenting ways to study and analyze discursive constructions and representations of eroticism and sexual pleasure across media and history. With a particular focus on contemporary popular culture and approaches to pornography from a feminist perspective, the lecture series will cover such diverse topics as the genesis of academic porn studies, approaches towards erotic life writing, diachronic analyses of pornographic iconography, the ‘feminist sex wars’, hegemonic and subversive sexualities in different media, the depiction of non-normative sex in popular culture, the affective and spatial politics of porn as well as analyses of the multifarious genres of porn and eroticism with their own pornographic gazes and diverse audiences.

The lecture series is serious, like Linda Williams’ seminal Porn Studies, about including “the critical and historical study of pornography in the academic curriculum”, which is “the study of pornography as a cultural form—not just as a legal or sociological issue” (“Porn Studies” 5). Spanning from Pompeii’s erotic frescos to the current debate on society’s ‘pornification,’ the series of diverse and yet thematically connected lectures will deconstruct common understandings of pornography by tracing the historical genealogy of the term and highlighting its cultural contingency at different points in time.

Students will be provided with a theoretical and methodological toolkit for understanding and examining topics related to pornography and the construction of pleasure and sexuality. The diverse talks will critically engage with historical as well as topical debates and provide students with an overview of the most important (theoretical) discourses in the interdisciplinary field of sexuality studies. By looking at discourses of ‘sexualisation’ and sexual empowerment, of gendered representations of sexual desire and of different discrimination practices (gender, age, ‘race’, sexual orientation, class, etc.) the lecture series will familiarize students with an intersectional awareness of different critical aspects of the consumption and interpretation of erotic media in an academic context.

07.03. Andrea Braidt (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
“Porn Studies: A Feminist Project”

14.03. Michaela Lindinger (Wien Museum)
“The Porn Capital: From the 'Viennese Sujets' to Hedy Lamarr. Vienna Porn Production 1870-1930”

21.03. Dieter Fuchs (University of Vienna)
“Mighty Aphrodite’: Pornography in Ancient Greece and Rome”

28.03. Sandra Mayer (University of Vienna)
“‘My Secret Life’: Victorian Erotic Memoir as Life Writing Genre.”

04.04. Elisabeth Lechner (University of Vienna)
“Discussing the Complexities of ‘Disgusting’ Sex in Lena Dunham’s Girls”

25.04. Eugenie Maria Theuer (University of Barcelona/University of Vienna)
“Definitely Not in Kansas Anymore: (Re)Appropriation, Affirmation and Subversion in Porn Parodies”

02.05. Sabine Harrer (University of Vienna)
“Vulvas on the Tablet: What Making Cunt Touch This Has Taught Us About Pleasure and Shame in Digital Gaming”

09.05. Iris Gemeinböck (University of Vienna)
“Literature(s) of Pleasure: Erotic Imaginations between Hegemony and Liberation”

16.05. Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland)
“Talking about Pornography in Everyday Life: What Can Be Learned from Talking to Audiences”

23.05. Timo Frühwirth (University of Vienna)
“Pornography and the Politics of Space”

30.05. Alexandra Ganser (University of Vienna)
“Porn without Sex: Ruin, Torture, Real Estate and the Proliferation of the Pornographic Gaze”

13.06. Course Recap

20.06. Linda Williams (University of California, Berkeley)
“On the Academic Pleasures of Screening Sex”
(venue: Prospekthof, Atelierhaus, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

27.06. Exam

Please note that there will be no classes on 11 April, 18 April and 6 June!

Assessment and permitted materials

Written final exam (a sample test will be available for reference on the Moodle course platform).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the exam, students must obtain an overall average mark of 60%, and a mark of at least 50% in all individual parts of the exams.

Examination topics

Contents covered in the lectures and course readings.

Reading list

Course readings will be made available via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 (1), MA 812 (2); MA 844; UF MA 046
Code: MA 1; MA (2) M3; UF MA 1B, 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

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