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240134 UE Individual Focus Modul (2019W)

The sexual politics of animation - animation film and queer/feminist theory

Continuous assessment of course work

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Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 18.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 25.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 08.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 15.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 29.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 06.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 13.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 10.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 17.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 31.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

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Aims, contents and method of the course

There is a long tradition – academic and otherwise – of feminist critique against Disney's animated feature films. As a result, the brand Disney "[...] has become synonymous with a certain conservative, patriarchal, heterosexual ideology which is loosely associated with American cultural imperialism." (Byrne and McQuillan 1-2 ) In Disney-movies, the heteroromantic plot line (typically culminating in a wedding or a marriage-like union in the end) is not only a central structural element of the narrative, but also reiterates heterosexuality/romance as unquestioned and "natural" norm. Despite the Disney-tradition of heteronormative animation queer theorists stress the subversive potential of cartoon and animation (see Griffin, 2004; Giffney, 2009; Halberstam, 2011;). Sean Griffin (2004) writes: "[a]nimation, an art form generally conceived as made for children, has always had a history of queerness"(103). This course analyses animation from queer and feminist perspectives, examining questions of gender and sexuality in the films.

Assessment and permitted materials

In-class and online participation, essay/short paper (own analysis), presentation of own project

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In-Class and Online Participation (course readings): 20 points
Essay/short paper: 50 points
Presentation: 30 points

Overall Score of 100 Points.
Pass-Mark: 60 Points.
Scale:
1: 90-100 Points
2: 89-80 Points
3: 79-70 Points
4: 69-60 Points
5: 59-0 Points

Each course requirement needs to be fulfilled. Not handing in a paper, not giving a presentation and missing the course more often than two times will result in a negative grade.

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