JWST 3707

JWST 3707

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From White Chicks to Blackkklansman, American film has often depicted characters who conceal their race or gender, like black male cops "passing" as wealthy white women. This class will examine how Hollywood has depicted race and gender "passing" from the early 20th century to the present. While tracing common themes across films, we will also study the ideological role of passing films: how they thrill audiences by challenging social boundaries and hierarchies, only to reestablish familiar boundaries by the end. We will not treat these films as accurate depictions of real-world passing, but rather as cultural tools that help audiences to manage ideological contradictions about race, gender, sexuality, and class. Students will finish the course by creating their own short films about passing.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (CA-AS, ALC-AS)

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  • 17203JWST 3707  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Branfman, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person