Welcome to the Spring 2013 course website for Queer & Feminist Film Studies–an undergraduate course in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania!

This website is the main course management system for the class, and contains all readings, assignments, policies, handouts, projects, and a blog that students post to on a weekly basis. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for these materials.

Course Logistics

The course number: GSWS 322/CINE 322

When/Where: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 – 11:50 am, 244 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Professor: Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Course Description

QUEER: “the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made (or can’t be made) to signify monolithically”               —Eve Sedgwick, Tendencies

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out”  —Martin Scorsese

This course offers an introduction to queer and feminist film studies, focusing on several key genres, directors, and themes in transnational queer and feminist film cultures and scholarship. We will explore what makes a particular film or media practice “queer” and/or “feminist,” and what role media production, distribution, and exhibition have in the process. We will examine constructions of sexuality, gender, race, and nation in a variety of films and investigate how transnational queer and feminist cinemas can both participate in and resist dominant ideas about sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community. The course teaches basic film concepts (editing, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) so that students can apply them to the films we watch. Students will learn to incorporate formal film analysis into an analysis of ideology, production, circulation, and consumption, and will develop the skills to construct compelling arguments about the politics of cinema. Students will also learn production skills and familiarity with digital video production, digital mapping software, blogs, and microblogging.

No prior film studies experience is required or assumed.

Course Syllabus


Course Website (you’re already here!): pennqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com

  • All readings, announcements, blog, handouts, media, and additional course information are found here

Blackboard: http://courseweb.library.upenn.edu

  • All grades will be posted here
  • Grades are the ONLY thing found on Blackboard

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Required Texts:

  • No books to buy!
  • Articles & book excerpts: on the Readings page of the course website. You should download, annotate, and bring readings to class (this page is password protected due to copyright regulations. Email me to get the password)


In designing this course, I have built on and drawn inspiration from the fabulous pedagogical work of Janell Hobson, Gayle Salamon, Caren Kaplan, Alexis Lothian, Liz Montegary, Brian Croxell, Adrienne Shaw, Shannon Lundeen, Joshua Clover, and the folks at ProfHacker. Teaching–like scholarship and activism–is a deeply collaborative endeavor and I am grateful to be part of such a vibrant teaching community.

Header Image Citation: The lovely header photograph was taken by Miemo Penttinen (http://miemo.net), and is used in accordance with a Creative Commons license.


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