Representation And Identity: Sexualities And Queer Theory
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This module examines how Cinema Studies has attempted to understand the relationship between cinema and society since the beginnings of the academic discipline in the 1960s and 1970s. We will consider various case studies of socially-constituted identities, for instance, the relationship between LGBTQ communities and the cinema In Europe, the birth of cinema more or less coincides with the development of LGBTQ as forms of identity, rather than just behaviours, making this a particularly rich site for understanding how cinema can be involved in the process of creating as well as picturing a social formation. The module will consider various modes of social formation, such as identity politics and neoliberal individualism. We will examine the tension between cultural and political movements that imagine social formation and liberation based on ?self-expression? and contemporary theorisations that see the production of identity as a way of exerting power. We will look at both theories of identity and critiques of identity, considering ideas such as subjection, performativity and embodiment as they relate to cinematic forms, styles, and politics.
Credit level: 6
Credit value: 15
Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via ten two-hour screenings, ten one-hour lectures, and ten one-hour seminars.
Assessment: coursework; practical/s;
Participation (15%), 1 x 2000-word essay (25%), 1 x 3000 word essay (60%)
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