Communication and Culture | Race, Gender, and Representation (Topic: The Body Onscreen)
C412 | 21388 | Hawkins, J.

TuTh, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, C2 203
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, C2 100

Carries College Intensive Writing Credit
Fulfills College S&H Requirement
Fulfills College Culture Studies Requirement (List A)

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: C2 211
Phone: 855-1548

Since the early film experiments of Eadweard Muybridge, cinema and
screen cultures have been fascinated with the body: what it looks
like, what it can/cannot do, what it can/cannot tolerate.  In this
class we’ll be focusing on the onscreen representation of the body
and the engagement of the viewer’s body—both in obvious forms like
body genres and not-so-obvious forms like abstract experimental
films.  Be forewarned: some of the films will have strong adult
content and graphic scenes.

Films will include: films by Muybridge and Edison, ,Andy Warhol &
Stan Brakhage, as well as James Whales’ Frankenstein,  David
Cronenberg’s Crash, Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses,
Melody Gilbert’s Whole, Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel, George
Romero’s Living Dead Trilogy, Bill Condon’s Kinsey, Sick: the Life
and Death of Bob Flanagan, some Danish horror and episodes of  CSI
and Extreme Makeover.  We’ll also spend some time looking at
performance art, avant-garde depictions of sexuality and the body,
and at least one body film in which no images appear at all (Derek
Jarman’s Blue).

Written work will include: one short paper, a take-home midterm, a
12-15 page paper (which must be completely revised), and a final

Required texts:

Steven Shaviro, The Cinematic Body (1993: University of Minnesota
Press 0-8166-2294 -9)
Michelle White, The Body and the Screen (2010, MIT Press)
Timothy Corrigan, A short Guide to Writing about Film, 7th ed (
2009, Longman 0205668941)