Vamps, Divas, Tramps, Lolitas

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Vamps, Divas, Tramps, Lolitas

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior study of film

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will provide an insight into the classic Hollywood cinema?s approach to
    issues relating to female sexuality. It will investigate the studio star industry with case
    studies of female stars, including Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Bette
    Davis, Rita Hayworth, Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. It will trace the development of the
    depiction of gender and sexuality on screen within their socio-political contexts (such as
    the Hays Code).

    The module will explore the principal features of some of the archetypal ?bad? women
    on screen, investigating the ideologies and aesthetics which have shaped the cinematic
    representations of femininity. The module will also map the development of specific
    female archetypes on screen from the screen ?goddess? or diva (and her appeal for the
    male and female fans), through the stereotypes of the man-eating vamp and the female
    tramp to the child woman or ?Lolita? type.

    This module is taught in three hour blocks in a combination of short lecture and student
    participation sessions based on film extracts.

    3000-4000 word research essay.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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