Sep 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENGL 292L - Cinema, Sex, and Censorship

Formerly ENGL 292
4 Credit(s) | Lecture and Discussion | Graded or pass/fail
Course can be counted for credit once

This course introduces students to the history of sex in American cinema by tracing the history of the representation of sex and sexuality from early cinema and the vaudeville tradition to contemporary engagements with queerness, non-normative desires, and artificial intelligence. Students will examine key moments in film history related to sex and censorship, including the scandals of pre-code Hollywood, the rise of the Hays Codes, the development of underground and the exploitation cinemas, and the emergence of the Motion Picture Rating System, as well a range of issues related to sexuality and desire, including same-sex desire, repression, sexual violence, the AIDS crisis, and sex and technology. Students will watch both mainstream, commercial films and smaller, independent art films, as well as B-movies and low budget films, to examine how sex and sexuality have been represented and censored across the broad spectrum of American cinema. This course will occur on the schedule on a rotating and irregular basis.

Course Attribute(s):
Distribution Area: Humanities | Diversity Area: United States

Enrollment Requirements:
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 .