English 100

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Spring 2009 Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
TTh 5:30-7 + Film Screenings Th 7-10 PM 101 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Doane, M., The Desire to Desire; Gledhill, C., Home Is Where the Heart Is; Kaplan, E. A., Motherhood and Representation; Landy, M.,  Imitations of Life; Thornham, S., ed., Feminist Film Theory


In this course we will examine a range of examples of the genre  “the womanÂ’'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.

The seminar requirement for the English major may be satisfied by any ONE of the following:  English 100, 150, 150AC, or H195A-B.

Be sure to read the paragraph on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in 100! 

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