All readings/assignments must be COMPLETED by the dates listed below.

This schedule is subject to change, and revisions will be announced on the course website, on Twitter, in email, and in class when possible.

CS readings refer to entries in: Susan Hayward, Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.

What is Queer & Feminist Film Studies?

Key Concepts: queer film studies, feminist film studies, film theory & history, how to “read” a film

Jan. 10

Jan. 12

  • DUE: Introduction Blog Post—everyone (11 pm)

Jan. 13

  • DUE: Sign up for a Twitter account & send a tweet—everyone (11 pm)

Film Noir: Pleasures, Perils, Potentials

Key Concepts: film noir, editing, the significance of film form, genre studies, representation

Jan. 15

Jan. 17

  • Optional (watch on your own): Gilda. Dir. Charles Vidor (1946) (trailer)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve, Penn Video Network (check website for dates/times), Amazon instant rental, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • Dyer, Richard. “Queer Noir.” Queer Cinema: The Film Reader. Eds. Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin. New York: Routledge, 2004. 89-104.
  • Miller, D.A. “Anal Rope.Representations 32 (1990): 114-33.
  • CS: film noir; editing

Jan. 20

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 1 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Neo-Noir: A Queer-Feminist Remake?

Key Concepts: neo-noir, butch-femme sexuality, mise-en-scène, sound, femme fatale, ideology

Jan. 22

  • Watch on your own: Bound. Dir. Andy and Lana Wachowski (1996)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve, Penn Video Network (check website for dates/times), Amazon instant rental, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • Straayer, Chris. “Femme Fatale or Lesbian Femme: Bound in Sexual Difference.” Women in Film Noir. 2nd ed. Ed. E. Ann Kaplan. London: British Film Institute, 1998. 153-61.

Jan. 24

  • Wallace, Lee. “Continuous Sex: The Editing of Homosexuality in Bound and Rope.” Screen 41.4 (2000): 369-87.
  • CS: ideology

Jan. 27

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 2 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

AIDS Cinema: Visual Cultures of Life and Death

Key Concepts: AIDS activism & film/video culture, race and gender in AIDS politics, outing, black queer cultural production, media coverage of marginalized communities, coalition politics & resistance

Jan. 29

Jan. 31

  • Benshoff, Harry, and Sean Griffin. “A Matter of Life and Death: AIDS, Activism, Film, and Video.” Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 201-18.
  • Mercer, Kobena. “Dark and Lovely Too: Black Gay Men in Independent Film.” Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video. Eds. Martha Geyer, John Greyson, and Pratibha Parmar. New York: Routledge, 1993. 238-56.

Feb. 3

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 3 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

New Queer Cinema

Key Concepts: New Queer Cinema, heteronormativity & homonormativity, independent filmmaking v. large-scale studio filmmaking, revamping the buddy film, the transgender gaze, dis/ability

Feb. 5

Feb. 7

  • Watch on your own: By Hook or By Crook. Dir. Harry Dodge and Silas Howard (2001)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosegarten Reserve, Annenberg, Amazon instant rental
  • Halberstam, Jack. “Lovely and Confusing: By Hook or By Crook and the Transgender Look” excerpt from In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York: NYU Press, 2005. 92-6.
  • CS: buddy films

Feb. 10

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 4 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)
  • DUE: Blog Comment—everyone (11 pm)

Third Cinema, Queerness, & Postcolonial Critique

Key Concepts: Third Cinema, nationalism & racialized sexuality, cultural citizenship in Brazil, colonialism & postcolonialism, performance and/as politics, criminalization, resistance

Feb. 12

  • Leung, Helen Hok-Sze. “New Queer Cinema and Third Cinema.” New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader. Ed. Michele Aaron. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2004. 155-67.

Feb. 14

  • Watch on your own: Madame Sata. Dir. Karim Aïnouz (2003)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • Leu, Lorraine. “Performing Race and Gender in Brazil: Karim Ainouz’s Madame Satã (2002). Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts 4.1 (2010): 73-95.
  • CS: Third Cinema

Feb. 17

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 5 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Queer Disability, Punk, & Mockumentary

Key Concepts: disability, performativity & performance, queer masculinities & whiteness, politics of punk & glam rock in Britain, exploitation & freak shows, documentary/mockumentary

Feb. 19

  • Watch on your own: Brothers of the Head. Dir. Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe (2006)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserves, Amazon instant rental, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • Garland Thomson, Rosemarie. “From Wonder to Error—A Genealogy of Freak Discourse in Modernity.” Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. Ed. Rosemarie Garland Thomson. New York: New York University Press, 1996.1-19.

Feb. 21

  • McRuer, Robert, and Abby Wilkerson. Introduction to Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies (special issue). GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9.1-2 (2003): 1-23.
  • CS: documentary

Feb. 24

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 1 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

The Queer Art of Gender

Key Concepts: queer femininities & queer femme, gender performativity, resignification, class, sexuality, and race in queer femme communities

Feb. 26

  • Screening: FtF: Female to Femme. Dir. Elizabeth Stark & Kami Chisholm (2006)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve
  • Selections from Femme: Feminists, Lesbians, and Bad Girls. Eds. Laura Harris and Liz Crocker. New York: Routledge, 1997. 1-12, 93-102, 119-30, 145-59, 170-74.

Feb. 28

  • Presentation by David Azzolina about research methods for final projects
  • Selections from Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Eds. Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011. 23-26, 67-78, 310-12.
  • Duggan, Lisa, and Kathleen McHugh. “A Fem(me)inist Manifesto.” Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity. Eds. Chloë Burshwood Rose and Anna Camilleri. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002. 165-70.
  • Femme Shark Communiqué no. 1 (zine)
  • CS: female masquerade

Mar. 3

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 2 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

March 2 – 10, 2013


Citizenship, Labor, & Transnational Migration

Key Concepts: transnational labor migration & Israeli sexual/gender politics, war & occupation, drag balls & performing identity, religious & cultural nationalisms

Mar. 12

Mar. 14

  • Meet in Van Pelt Library, Room 124
  • In-class lab: iMovie

Mar. 17

  • DUE: Project Proposal—everyone (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Mar. 19

  • DUE: Blog Comment on someone’s project proposal—everyone (11 pm)

Techno-Queer Utopias & the Feminist Politics of Rage

Key Concepts: queer/feminist rage, critical utopias, technology & violence, imagination & resistance

Mar. 19

Mar. 21

  • In-class lab: Google Maps

Mar. 23

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 3 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Pedagogical Frames

Key Concepts: queer disability studies; critiques of reproductive futurity; pedagogy; postnostalgia; post-Franco filmmaking

Mar. 26

  • Watch on your own: Bad Education [La Mala Educación]. Dir. Pedro Almodóvar (2004)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • D’Lugo, Marvin. “Postnostalgia in Bad Education: Written on the Body of Sara Montiel.” All About Almodóvar: A Passion for Cinema. Eds. Brad Epps and Despina Kakoudaki. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 357-85.

Wednesday Mar. 27  

  • SPECIAL (OPTIONAL) EVENT: Screening of NO! The Rape Documentary. Dir. Aishah Shahidah Simmons, 2006. 7-9 pm, 216 Williams Hall

Mar. 28

  • McRuer, Robert. “No Future for Crips: Disorderly Conduct in the New World Order; or, Disability Studies on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Disorderly Conduct Conference. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 25 July 2009.
  • DUE: Movies in the Real World—everyone (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Mar. 30Drag Activism

Transnational Mobilities & Social Justice Media Making

Key Concepts: migration & citizenship, asylum, Iranian/German labor

Social Justice Media Making

migration, passing, sexual exceptionalism, social justice media making, community art

Monday Apr. 1           

Apr. 2

  • GUEST SPEAKER: Video artist Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez
  • Randazzo, Timothy. “Social and Legal Barriers: Sexual Orientation and Asylum in the United States.” Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and U.S. Border Crossings. Eds. Eithne Luibhéid and Lionel Cantú, Jr. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 30-60.

Apr. 4

  • Watch on your own: Unveiled [Fremde haut]. Dir. Angelina Maccarone (2005)
  • Film available: Van Pelt Rosengarten Reserve, Netflix DVD (not instant)
  • Lewis, Rachel. “The Cultural Politics of Lesbian Asylum: Angelina Maccarone’s Unveiled (2005) and the Case of the Lesbian Asylum-Seeker.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 12.3-4 (2010): 424-43.

Apr. 7

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 4 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Project Lab

Apr. 9

  • In-class lab to work on your Final Project
  • Bring to class: materials you need to work on your project. Computers will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring a laptop. You MUST work on your project during this lab, so bring things that will help you do so
  • Meet in Van Pelt Library, room 124
  • DUE: Blog Comment—everyone (11 pm)

Apr. 11

  • In-class writing workshop to work on your Analysis Paper
  • Bring to class: 2 clean, single-sided, typed copies of a rough draft of your paper (hard copies).

Apr. 13

  • DUE: Digital Video draft—everyone (11 pm)

Cold Wars  & Warm Blood—Queer Vampirism

Key Concepts: Blood, race, & nation, the queerness of childhood, Cold War politics, vampire films

Apr. 16

Apr. 18

  • Hannabach, Cathy. “Between Blood and the Bomb: Atomic Cities, Nuclear Kinship, and Queer Vampires in Matt Reeves’s Let Me In” (forthcoming)
  • CS: horror movies

Apr. 20Archives & Activism

Apr. 21

  • DUE: Blog Post Group 5 (11 pm)
  • DUE: 2 tweets—everyone (11 pm)

Apr. 23

  • Course wrap up & farewell
  • DUE: Extra Credit post about Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series (11 pm)

Apr. 28

  • NO TWEETS DUE (this is a change from the original schedule)

May 1

  • DUE: Final Project (11 pm)

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