SLLC 698L/CMLT 788L
Instructor: Hester Baer
The Spring 2015 Colloquium will investigate the theoretical and political interventions of feminist media theory, focusing on its intersections with and significance for film studies today. Feminist media theory first emerged in the 1980s, bringing together the insights of feminist film theory and the methodologies of cultural studies to develop new paradigms for engaging with the politics of representation in popular culture. Emphasizing both a critique of media hegemony and an analysis of resistant readings and pleasurable negotiations by spectators, feminist media theory takes a political approach that attends to the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in understanding media production and reception.
Feminist media theory has long highlighted the historiography of understudied artifacts, audiences, and production contexts within the audiovisual field by focusing on platforms (e.g. television, music videos, gaming) and genres (e.g. romance, soap operas, queer fan art) that often fall outside the boundaries of mainstream film studies. In the 21st century, the field has gained new significance through its approach to digital media and post-cinematic texts as well as its theoretical engagement with materialism, affect, and embodiment, issues at the crux of contemporary feminist theory and film theory. In addition to providing an historical overview of feminist film and media theory through a discussion of key selected works, the colloquium will focus on the epistemological contributions of feminist media studies to redefining the field of inquiry in film studies today.
You may find the readings for the colloquium here