2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG368: Media and Gender

3 Credit(s)
Media representations of gender are complex and always shifting. From magazines to video games, from niche cable networks to “chick flicks” and “bromances,” stereotypical ideas of what it means to be a man or a woman abound in mainstream media. Understanding gender as a continuum of performed identities rather than a fixed biological category, this course will examine how media texts circulate powerful (and often harmful) ideas about masculinity and femininity. Analysis of media texts both contemporary and historical will give students practice with close reading strategies drawn from semiotics, feminist criticism, and cultural studies, among other theoretical perspectives. Topics to be addressed may also include employment trends in the media industries, gendered differences in media use, and the media’s role in challenging restrictive gender norms.
Prerequisite(s): ENG265  or junior standing.