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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 302
Seattle Campus

Theory of Film: Critical Concepts

Overview of the main conceptual problems in film criticism such as: "What is a film?", "What is the relationship between film and reality?", "Does a film have a language?", "What is the connection between image and sound?" Follows a historical timeline within five individual sections.

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C Lit 302 - Queer Theory - is open to AIS, AES, CHID, ENGL, GWSS, DRAMA and C Lit students during Period 1 registration.

Mondays and Wednesdays are screening days for those who chose to see the films on 'the big screen.'. Tuesdays and Thursdays are lecture days Queer Theory considers the discussion of ‘female’ and ‘male’ bodies as visual text from the 1980s to present. What do gender and sexuality mean? What has gender to do with representations of sexuality? When and where do we begin to consider a transitioning body? Students will look at moments of intersection between race/ class/ gender and sexuality as they complicate political agendas and blur binaries between male and female, gay and straight. We will look at the emergence of queer theory as it becomes central to feminist theory and queer cinema as it begins to form its own directions in the context of international independent queer and feminist narrative and documentary film.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 10/30/2013