Queer Media Studies
This course is designed to explore and carve out the critical possibilities of a "queer media studies." Building on the work of gay and lesbian media criticism of the 1970s and 1980s which looked to the ways that gay and lesbian identities are censured in mainstream media, queer media studies suggests a different model of both political identity and the role of representation in articulating it. Queer media studies addresses not only representations of gays and lesbians, but also bisexual, transgender, intersex, and other sexual identities outside the purview of heteronormativity. This course explores both the formative and transformative potentials of queer representation in and for culture.