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Gender and Genre (6 points)


Leader: To be advised

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: The unit invites critical engagement with the sexual politics and idological operations of popular film genres, in particular with representations of masculinity in mainstream, commercial film. Emphasis will be placed upon shifting definitions of masculinity, mostly in recent American cinema. Consideration will be given to the heroic, the mythic and the psychotic identities male protgonists assume in much commercial cinema.

Assessment: Essay (2500 words): 50% + Examination (2 hours): 40% + Class participation: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial)per week plus film screening

Prerequisites: One unit at first-year level in Visual Culture

Prohibitions: VSA3007

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