Welcome to the Spring 2013 course blog 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!
All assignments for the course will be submitted by posting them to this blog (except for the Twitter assignment). This means that you won’t be printing out your assignments and handing them to me in class, but rather that we’ll be doing this part of the class online. This both saves trees (yay!) but is also much easier for students and myself. It allows our collaborations in the classroom to extend beyond the university walls, demonstrating the ways that teaching and learning occur in public, collaborative spaces–including online forums–and have a “real-world” impact.
In your assignments, you’ll be embedding links to articles, definitions, and especially images, videos, and other web ephemera that you find relevant to the course material. This is a class that explores the ways that feminism, queerness, and cinema have shaped and continues to shape the world around you, and I encourage you to link the scholarly articles and cultural productions from class to media and cultural practices you encounter elsewhere in your lives.
If you are new to blogging, don’t fear–we will discuss this blog thoroughly on the first day of class, as well as go over what constitutes a good blog post.
As for now: welcome, and I look forward to meeting you all!