Queer Film and Television
Not available in 2012
This unit will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered characters on television and in film. Beginning with an historical examination of queer absences, demonisation and subtextual representation, the course will move on to early examples of queer characters in film and television. We will then explore in close detail significant contemporary queer film and television texts. The course will ask students to interrogate not only the positive or negative implications of these characters and images, but what political and cultural specificities they represent. We will also engage with the critical discourses surrounding LGBT film and television, addressing major theorists and theoretical trends in the analysis of these texts. In order to hone students' research skills, the final major assessment will constitute a research paper on queer representation in a film or television series of their choice.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Explain the histories and contexts of LGBT representation in film and television.
* Critically analyse queer content in film and television texts.
* Demonstrate knowledge of critical discourses on queer screen texts.
* Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research
Course topics may include:
* Gay and lesbian representation in classical Hollywood.
* Early examples of LGBT representation on television
* New Queer Cinema
* LGBT representation in contemporary television
* LGBT representation in contemporary world cinema
or other similar topics, as appropriate.
FILM3280 Queer Film and Television and FILM3150 Cinema Culture and Politics.
Students are not permitted to enrol in FMCS3901 Queer Film and Television if they have previously completed FMCS3901 Queer Film and Television or FILM3150 Cinema Culture and Politics.
60 units at 1000 level
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term