English 100

Junior Seminar: Women?s Films of the ?40s and ?50s

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
15 Spring 2007 Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
TTh 5:30-7, plus films Thurs. 7-10 P.M 279 Dwinelle
Other Readings and Media

Gledhill, C.: Home Is Where the Heart Is; Doane, M.: The Desire to Desire; Kaplan, E. A.: Motherhood and Representation


In this course we will examine a range of examples of the genre ?the woman?s film? of the 40's and 50's, emphasizing maternal, paranoid, romantic and medical discourses, issues of spectatorship, consumerism, and various ?female? problems and fantasies. We will also look at feminist film theory and its conceptualization of subjectivity and desire in the cinematic apparatus.

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