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CMDI-2020-01 Sex & Cinema in 20th Century

Winter 2014 (2 January – 24 January) Angel Nebot Alonso, Esq. Important Information Go over this syllabus carefully. If you haven't used Moodle before, be sure to spend some time experimenting with it. Any technical questions should be directed to the ITS help desk at (603) 535-2929. ADA Statement Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the PASS Office in Lamson Library (535-2270) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with the PASS Office. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from the PASS Office, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations. Course Description Explores the evolution and social construction of sex, gender and sexual orientation in narrative cinema during the 20th century (and beyond). Course Objectives 1. Student will gain a general understanding of significant historical events/origins that influenced the representations of gender on film over time. This objective will be gained through readings and online discussions of selected films. 2. Students will gain fundamental theoretical and historical knowledge about cinematic constructions of gender and sexual orientation from the earliest representations to those of the 21 st century. This will be achieved through readings that reflect cultural-studies scholarship, the history of films, as well as popular sources and film reviews. 3. Students will develop critical thinking skills about stereotypes, both past and present, in relation to how such stereotypes influenced various perspectives about cultural constructs (gender, sexual orientation and race) over time. This objective will be met through assignments (such as reflective papers) that allow students to analyze the nature of gender representations in the films they view and the readings they complete. 4. Students will be able to conduct original research in relation to the course topic. This will be achieved by having them read research essays and requiring them to apply similar ideas to current films of their choice.

so does the present shape our understanding of the past. 2 . and envision the future. Finally. and four discussion posts (and respond to the posts of others). Past and Present courses emphasize the skills of reading. and how actions and reactions circumscribe the "origin" of an event. or sexual orientation in recent films. They also need to understand the dialectic movement between the past and present: just as the past shapes the present. There are multiple perspectives and interpretations of the same events and these interpretations are subject to revision. and conducting research. Writing: Students must complete two essays. Listening: The discussions assignments provide the opportunity to listen to the reactions and opinions of others. Critical Thinking: Several of the readings are based on cultural-studies scholarship. one reflective paper. Essay topics allow students to think academically about the readings. the overarching objective/goal is that students will be able to apply all this to critically think about gender representations in films they watch in the future. critical thinking. Cultures and societies discern time and construct chronologies of significant events to explain the past. gender. while reflective papers largely address the way the students react to representations and stereotypes in films on a personal level as well as how they might consider such representations in the future. writing. Past and Present courses explore how people interpret causes and effects within events. Past and Present Direction Course Skills Reading: This course requires readings of both academic and popular sources on a weekly basis. one research paper. Any form of knowledge is vital and in flux. we must understand the past. and to thoughtfully respond to each other. Speaking: Students speak to one another through at least four discussion posts. These courses encourage students to realize that different times shape different views of the world. Conducting Research: Students will be required to conduct original research that relate to current/future representations of sex. comprehend the present. General Education Description of Past and Present Directions Courses In order to comprehend the present and envision the future. in light of the readings. For students to realize that all fields of knowledge are subject to change. requiring students to examine representations of gender/ sexual orientation and to investigate the many ways that these representations impact often uncritical reception by audiences. they are required to respond to one another in meaningful ways. speaking and listening. By examining issues and events that are currently impacting students’ lives. they need to study the changes that have taken place within those fields.5.

While occasional quotations are ok. A student who is found to have plagiarized on any assignment should expect to receive a failing grade for the entire course. These should reflect on the questions posed. the particular discussion category disappears.  Late assignments are not accepted under any condition. however unintentionally it may occur. and you will be unable to submit your work. and the personal ways that any theory/concept relates to your own experience. Whenever possible. Plagiarism. it is best to complete the assignment in Microsoft Word (or another word processing program) and then copy/paste into the submission box. it is preferred that students paraphrase/explain key concepts in their own words and cite the original source material appropriately. Essay and Reflective Paper Instructions  You MUST use your own words when responding. You will need to access this online course on a daily basis. 2. After that time. Do not attach your work. Course Requirements: 1. There are no exceptions to this policy. the expectation is that you respond using your own words and examples. 3 . be certain to surround them with quotation marks. When required. Discussion Instructions    Discussion postings must be submitted within the time frame/date specified. if you include four or more consecutive words directly from any source. and to properly cite the source and page number. your submission will receive a failing grade and a second submission of the same work will NOT be accepted.  Each assignment must be submitted directly into the submission box. However. when relevant. if I cannot open it. is a serious violation of academic integrity. After that time. Your discussion postings should be at least 200 words in length. you should respond to someone else’s posting. To make sure that you meet specified requirements (and to better edit your work). to access additional readings posted in Moodle. Simply copying from the textbook (including the glossary) and/or other sources does not demonstrate understanding and such assignments will not get any credit. Adobe Acrobat.  Each assignment must be submitted within the time frame/date specified. Please note that I expect thoughtful and meaningful responses that are at least 100 words in length.Academic Integrity and Departmental Plagiarism Policy (Please read carefully) The work you submit in this course must be your own. Full Internet and e-mail access. you will be unable to submit your work.

6 November 2010. Andreas G. Karen Black. late work is not accepted under any condition. you might have trouble submitting your work. Brenda and Pease. “Remembering Hollywood's Hays Code. (2006). Furthermore. “Framing Brokeback Mountain: How the Popular Press Corralled the ‘‘Gay Cowboy Movie’’. (1999): 78-89. “Comedy and Identity in Some Like it BEFORE THE DEADLINE.” Npr. and Pinto. ‘“I Ain’t Queer”: Love. and Eva Marie Saint”. Tippi Hendren. If that ever occurs. Suzanne Pleshette. 40 Years On. Npr. Kansas City.  Lieberfeld. Masculinity and History in Brokeback Mountain. Michael. Greg. Please Note In all assignments/discussion postings. “Is There More to Hollywood Lowbrow than Meets the Eye?” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 22 (2005): 17–24. Paul and Assimow. email your work to mwoldemariam@plymouth.  Philaretou. you must copy-paste the submission into the body of an email because any attachment I cannot open will not count as work submitted. Late postings are not accepted under any Daniel. Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies.3 (August 2008): 249 .273  Garrett. Judith. Sanders. A Panel discussion with Janet Leigh. 8 August 2008. 26. Leigh. Just agreeing with someone else’s point without explanation will not get any credit.3 (1998): 128-135. grammar and spelling matter. On rare occasions. “Learning and Laughing about Gender and Sexuality through Humor: The Woody Allen Case. Grading Essays (x2): 40% Critical Reflection Papers (x1): 20% Discussion Posts (x4): 40% Readings (posted in Moodle)  Bergman. Critical Studies in Media Communication 25. Edward C. http://www.  Boucher.php?storyId=93301189. Literature Film Quarterly 27. MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing. Bob.npr.” The Journal of Men’s Studies 15.” Journal of Popular Film & Television. “Hitchcock Women on  Bonila. LLC. I look for critical insight and original ways of relating material to your own experiences. and inane comments will receive appropriately mediocre grades. 4 .3 (2007): 311330.” The Journal of Men's Studies 14 (2006): 133-144.  Mondello.2. Paul. Sarah. Important Notice on Submitting Work in Times of Crises! As noted above.  Cooper.

respond to the questions posted. 1959.  Brokeback Mountain . Ang Lee. Dir. (Winter 1977): 38-49. The original discussion post and the answer are due by 11:55 p. Dir.  Make sure you can access the required films from Netflix. your local video store or library. MCA Universal Home Video.  Read Surrealism’s Enduring Bite: Un Chien Andalou. DVD. 1959. Fr. Otto Preminger.1. THE HAYS CODE: ESTABLISHMENT OF SELFCENSORSHIP Monday 6 January  Read the article Remembering Hollywood's Hays Code. Dir. Dir. 40 Years On . 5 . DVD.  Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask . Mondello. DVD. MGM Home Entertainment. Bob. DAILY SCHEDULE 1. 2005. “ Surrealism's Enduring Bite: Un Chien andalou. Dir.  Post a brief description of yourself under the “Introducing Ourselves” clips so that we can access some parts of early films. Friday 3 January  Watch Un Chien Andalou . Alfred Hitchcock. Allen. Sun.) (available at Youtube. DVD. You should also get familiar with Moodle. Thiher. etc. Dir.  Under the Discussions 1 icon.” Literature Film Quarterly 5. Allen. 2. Required Films  Anatomy of a Murder. Luis Buñuel (1929. its various functions. Woody Allen. Note that we will sometimes resort to links in Moodle). Thiher. 1960. MGM Home Entertainment Inc. Columbia TriStar Home Video. Billy Wilder.  Watch the Hays Code clips (see Youtube. or see link in Moodle).  Make sure you can access all the readings posted under the “Required Readings” folder. Universal Studios Home Entertainment.m. 5 Jan). Blockbuster. INTRODUCTION: EARLY CINEMA AND THE PRE-HAYS CODE ERA Thursday 2 January  Read the syllabus carefully. DVD.  Some Like it Hot. in particular.  Psycho.

Alfred Hitchcock (1960). The original discussion post and the answer are due by 11:55 p.  Begin work on Critical/Reflection Paper. Friday 10 January  Read Comedy and Identity in Some Like It Hot. Sunday 12 January). and Eva Maria Sant.m. Marilyn Monroe and Whiteness . Wednesday 8 January  Under the Discussion 2 icon.. respond to the questions posted.. A Panel discussion with Janet Leigh. Suzanne Pleshette. Billy Wilder (1959). Judith  Continue work on Essay 1 (due by 11:55 p. 6 . due on Sunday 19th January by 11:55 p. Sunday 12 January).m. Dir. Tuesday 14 January Watch the film:  Psycho. Lois W. Daniel and Sanders. ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE COLD BLONDES Monday 13 January  Read Hitchcock Women on Hitchcock.m. WHITENESS AND THE SEX GODDESS: MARILYN MONROE Tuesday 7 January  Read The Creature from Black Lagoon. 5. Fri. 4.3.m. Lieberfeld. Dir. Tippi Hendren. Banner. 10 Jan).  Begin work on Essay 1 (due by 11:55 p. NOBODY IS PERFECT (EXCEPT BILLY WILDER): SOME LIKE IT HOT Thursday 9 January  Watch the film Some Like It Hot. Karen Black.

Otto Preminger (1959). Philaretou. Lee. 8. A LOVE STORY FOR EVERYBODY: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Wednesday 22 January  Watch the film Brokeback Mountain . respond to the questions posed. Holiday Tuesday 21 January  Read Learning and Laughing about Gender and Sexuality through Humor: The Woody Allen Case. Andreas G. IS SEX FUNNY? ASK WOODY ALLEN Monday 20 January  Dr. Friday 17 January  Continue working in Critical/Reflection Paper due on Sunday 20 th January by 11:55 p. Leigh and Pinto.m. Ang (2005). Cooper.  Read “I Ain’t Queer”: Love. Wed. Friday 24 January. Dir. respond to the questions posted (original post and response due by 11:55 p.  Read excerpt from the book Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies . 7.  Under the Discussion 4 icon. Brenda and Pease. 17 January). 22 January). Essay 2 due by 11:55 p. Masculinity and History in Brokeback Mountain. BREAKING THE CODE: OTTO PREMINGER Wednesday 15 January  Watch the following film: Anatomy of a Murder. Thursday 16 January  Under the Discussion 3 icon. Fri.  Read Framing Brokeback Mountain: How the Popular Press Corralled the ‘‘Gay Cowboy Movie’’. (original post and response due by 11:55 p. Martin Luther King Jr. Sarah. Michael. Edward C. Dir. Bergman. Dir.  Watch the film Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask. Boucher. Thursday 23 January  Work on Essay 2.m. Paul and Assimow.m.m. Woody (1972). 7 .6. Allen.

m. Friday 24 January. 8 .Friday 24 January  Submit Essay 2. Essay 2 due by 11:55 p.