Fall 2019

Women, Gender and Popular Culture

Listed in: Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-377  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-105

Formerly listed as: SWAG-08

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Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 105 and FAMS 377) In this course, students will interrogate the precarious relationship between political and popular culture. As we study how politics has successfully deployed popular culture as an ideological tool, we will also consider how politics has overburdened popular culture as a vehicle of change. These broad issues will serve as our framework for analyzing black femininity, womanhood, and the efficacy of the word “feminism” in the post-Civil Rights era. We will think critically about the construction of gender, race, sexuality, and class identity as well as the historical and sociopolitical context for cultural icons and phenomena. Students will read cultural theory, essays, fiction as well as listen to, and watch various forms of media. Expectations include three writing/visual projects as well as a group presentation.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Henderson.

If Overenrolled: Priority goes to students who are registered and attend the first day of class.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2019