ENGLISH 266: Gender in Film


This course combines film studies and gender studies. We will consider films from the era following World War II to better understand how such films take up cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and repackage them for viewers. In other words, you will learn how cinema both appropriates and constructs gender. In order to accomplish this, you will learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality. Throughout the semester, you will write short analysis papers and work on group projects. The course relies on discussion rather than lecture, so your participation is required. Rather than a final paper or exam, your work will mainly consist of short analytical papers that you will turn in throughout the semester. We will also emphasize discussion over lecture. The course will thus demand your sustained and consistent engagement with its texts. 

·   Develop skills in analyzing films in their various cultural contexts

·   Become fluent in discussing and writing about gender and sexuality

·   Gain a nuanced understanding of how films reflect and represent culture

“The Traffic in Women,” Gayle Rubin
“Howl,” Allen Ginsberg


Sense and Sensibility, Ang Lee (1995)
His Girl Friday, Howard Hawks (1941)
Lady from Shanghai. Orson Welles (1947)
A Streetcar Named Desire, Elia Kazan (1951)
Caught, Max Ophuls (1949)
Written on the Wind, Douglas Sirk (1956)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mike Nichols (1966)
Howl, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (2010)

FALL, 2014
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:15
Donald Jellerson,
Jun 28, 2014, 12:14 AM