- Code GEND2030
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Gender Studies
- Areas of interest Gender Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
There has been a proliferation of television dance competition shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and even Glee and the teenage dance film musical continues to be produced annually. This course interrogates the popularity of performative dance in film and television by examining dance musicals through an analysis of gender, sexuality, race, class as well as the sociology of the body and the history of dance in modern North America. We will draw upon two threads--film studies and dance studies: an understanding of the Hollywood musical as convention, as well as writings about dance (choreography, philosophy) and theories about the body. The course will focus on the historical roots and sociology of particular types of dance, thinking of dance as a product of mass/pop entertainment (i.e. hip hop) and bourgeois aspirations (i.e. ballet) in the era of capitalist modernity while interrogating the mind/body dualism through feminism, gender, queer theory and cultural studies. The course will problematize gendered and racialised representations in dance while interrogating our own viewing pleasures both for language/narrative and visual spectacle. We will learn about camp/postcolonial strategies of viewing the conservative genre of the musical as well as discuss more contemporary films that subvert the conventions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- Be able to analyse dance on film and television through the complexities of race, class and gender.
- Become familiar with the film musical genre.
- Become familiar with debates on dance/body.
- Improve their skills in independent research, and in written communication.
- improve their oral communication.
All the following written assignments aim for LO's 1, 2,3, and 4:
- 1500-word midterm essay (30%)
- 800-word written report accompanying presentation (10%)
- 2200-word final essay (40%)
Presentation (10%) [LO's 1, 2, 3, 5]
Tutorial participation (10%) [LO's 1, 2, 3, 5]
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13 x 1.5 hours lecture, 12 x 1-hr tutorial and a 2 hour film screening per week. Also 5.5 hours of associated study time per week (includes readings and assignment preparation).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Desmond, Jane C. (ed.) Meaning in Motion: New cultural studies of dance (post-contemporary interventions). Durham and London: Duke UP, 1997; Sherlock, Joyce. “Dance and the Culture of the Body.” Ch. 3 in Body Matters: Essays On The Sociology Of The Body, edited by Sue Scott and David Morgan, 1993; Feuer, Jane. The Hollywood Musical. 2nd ed. Houndmills: MacMillan, 1993.
Defrantz, Thomas F. “The Black Beat Made Visible: Hip hop dance and Body power.” In Andre Lepecki (ed.) Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on dance and Performance Theory. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2004, pp. 64- 81; Brannigan, Erin. Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image. Oxford; New York: Oxford UP, 2011; Jordan, Stephanie and Dave Allen (Eds.) Parallel Lines: Media Representations of Dance. London: John Libbey, 1993; Savigliano, Marta. Tango and the Political Economy of Passion. Boulder: Westview P,1995; Wolff, J. “Dance Criticism: Feminism, Theory and Choreography.” In Resident Alien: Feminist Cultural Criticism. Cambridge: Polity P, 1995.
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