Teaching Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Screen

This seminar provides an introduction to representations of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity across American film and television of the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll consider questions of identity as they have and continue to intersect with representations of, and issues related to, race, ethnicity, femininity, masculinity, heteronormativity, and LGBTQ+ identities throughout American screen history. We’ll also examine the roles of intersecting systems of oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.), feminist activism, and contemporary LGBTQ+ cultures on screen. Some key texts we will discuss may include excerpts from Ethnic Notions (1987), Morocco (1930), Paris is Burning (1990), and Moonlight (2016).