FILM 330: On Stardom and Celebrity
Description: In attempting to unravel and complicate our basic assumptions of gendered and sexual identities, this course engages some of the key theoretical concepts that have emerged since the 1980s in queer theory and studies. The theorists whose work we will be reading include Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Marjorie Garber, Michel Foucault, Leo Bersani, Judith Halberstam, Jasbir K. Puar, Lee Edelman, and Michael Warner. To engage these theories, we will also be looking at a range of texts from literary, aesthetic, and popular cultures, including film, television, theater, music, art, and advertisements (with cinema constituting the main media emphasis—this course counts towards the fulfillment of UNC film minor requirements). Because this is an upper-level theory class structured along a seminar-style format, rigorous class participation and consistent attendance are important course requirements—students, hence, are expected to keep up with all reading, writing, and viewing assignments.
For more information about this course, contact Kenneth Chan