The following courses must be completed previously: WSDB 290, WSDB 291, WSDB 292 and WSDB 380. Students must complete 30 credits prior to enrolling. If prerequisites are not satisfied, permission of the Institute is required.
Description: This seminar explores the central concepts and theories in feminist cultural studies, as they inform feminist, post‑colonial, queer, and post‑structuralist understandings of culture. The focus is on women as cultural producers and subjects in/of various cultural texts (e.g. cinema, visual arts, music, advertising, popular media, feminist writings). The discursive construction of gender, as it is inflected by class, race, sexuality, and location, is examined as well as the ways in which it is used, displayed, imagined and performed in contemporary culture. Students develop practical and analytical skills, posing questions of how particular cultural narratives function within social, political and economic contexts. Students are required to participate in and lead discussions of the readings and to create and/or critique cultural productions.