GNDS 350/3.0 Feminism, the Body and Visual Culture.
This course will explore how the visual constructs and/or subverts 'woman' as a cultural category. An emphasis will be placed upon the female body as it intersects with class and race. Readings from art history, history, cultural theory and feminist theory will be considered.
GNDS350 explores the complex relationship between feminism(s) as both political ideology and critical theory, and visual culture. Through a series of case studies, students will investigate a range of contributions to visual culture and their capacities to present and/or provoke critical responses. The understanding of ‘visual culture’ at the heart of GNDS350 is a broad one and case studies will be drawn from a wide range of sources, including: fashion photography, drag performance, fine art, television and film, and erotic images. Intended Learning Outcomes
In GNDS350, students will:
- Identify the role of visual culture in shaping the way bodies are perceived and understood;
- • Recognize the impact of feminist criticism on the making, consumption, and interpreting of visual culture;
- • Confidently engage with ongoing debates in the field.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Previous examples of ELOs include a documentary screening of The Human Face, presented by Laurie Anderson at the Brighton Festival and a visit to Madame JoJos Kitsch Cabaret, one of London's most iconic drag cabarets.