Jan 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

US 213 Gender Bending & Film


By examining the history and analyzing the previously established norms regarding cis gender or heterosexual actors in drag and transgender performances, students will be able to examine and analyze the issues and changes in 21st century transgender characters in film. Students will begin by learning the history of actors playing characters in drag, cross-dressing, and transgender roles in film. They will learn about the LGBTQ+ community’s representation in film and become familiar with gender designation vocabulary. Students will work with a writing guide for film analysis that includes vocabulary and guidelines to: interpret symbols (images, lighting, sounds, etc.) not just for the ideas they represent but also for their effects on storytelling, including but not limited to the choices made in a film help to shape that film as a unique work of art, how a technique has a certain effect on the audience, and how filmmakers achieve that effect. Students will analyze examples of mainstream cinema, the evolution of transgender characters and storylines, and how that characterization effects the lives of transgender people. Finally, students will research, analyze, and critique the controversy regarding cisgender actors playing transgender roles.