Course Synopses

01:988:257 Gender and the Body: Representation and Pornography

Course Description:

In this course you will learn about the histories of moving-image pornography, sex censorship, and feminist art in the United States. You will study this material in relation to histories of gender, race, sexuality, and ability. This course centers queer, women, and trans artists of color and asks: whose bodies and voices are systematically erased from history? How can art bring their stories to light? How can art about sex be a tool for self-determination and a world making praxis?

Course Objectives:

You will learn how viewing art, film, and pornography through the lens of gender and embodiment enriches your understanding of art in general. At the end of this course you will have the conceptual tools to analyze art from the point of view of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability. You will be able to walk into an art gallery or art museum, watch a film or view programming on television or the Internet with the ability to do critical analysis, and you will know how to discuss your observations and communicate them to others.