This course introduces students to critical thinking about the historical and economic
factors influencing film, media, and cultural production in Hollywood and in response to
Hollywood. Unconventional textual and contextual dynamics, understood as queer
history, are the focus of the course. The framework we explore draws on critical
approaches to race, ethnicity, class, education, and ability. Our goals are to discuss the
power relations and unpredictable signifying practices involved in taste stratification and
family norms; erotic possibilities and gender differentiation; art, marketing, advertising,
and genre; capitalism, celebrity, censorship, and polysemy; and the university industrial
complex (i.e. socialization through education). In search of scorned heroes, we examine
fiction, feature film, and experimental media through readings about queer trans culture,
the entertainment business, our shared context, and aesthetic and interpretive questions.
Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.