The F-Word: Feminisms In Popular Film & Television

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The F Word: Feminism in Film

Fall 2019

Taught By: Maya Smukler

Section: A

CRN: 3081

Credits: 3

This course will study the relationship between feminism and popular Film and TV from the post-war era through the present. How and when do feminist discourses manifest in popular media and how do we know it when we see it? From single gal icon Carrie Bradshaw, working girl Liz Lemon and the Real Housewives of… what is at stake in naming these characters as ‘feminist’? Thelma & Louise’s road trip, Precious’ self-determination or Bridesmaids’ debauchery? In what ways are female characters represented as feminists on-screen? Kathryn Bigelow as the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director to the fandom of Twilight and Buffy, how as a cultural movement has feminism defined female audiences and impacted women working in production? This class will introduce students to the diverse and evolving definitions of feminism in order to apply these analytical frameworks onto current media representations, modes of production, exhibition and audience reception. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:55pm 9/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course


Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/15/2019