WS203 Chapter 1: Syllabus, WS203B, Girls, Women and Popular Culture, Winter 2017

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Women & Gender Studies
Lorraine Vander Hoef

Girls, Women and Popular Culture WS203B Winter Session Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 5:20 PM; Room: BA111 The Department acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Instructor: Lorraine Vander Hoef Course Website: MyLS at Laurier Email: MyLS preferred; alternatively [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2:30 3:30PM, R106M Office Phone: 5198841970 ext. 3625 (please leave phone messages with Faith McCord, WS Administrative Assistant) Course Description: From the New Woman of the 1890s, to the flappers of the roaring twenties, the city dame of noir film, the domestic divas of the fifties, and the pop icons of today, women have both participated in and been represented in popular culture. This course will combine film with a variety of presentations and seminar discussion to analyze the ways in which women are both oppressed and empowered by popular culture, as actors and moviegoers, dramatic characters and readers, subjects of representation and artists, producers and consumers. Course Objectives: This course is designed, first of all, to introduce you to the feminist study of popular culture. We will consider several theoretical perspectives on gender, applying them to
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