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2024 Spring > UGRD > ENGL > ENGL 292L

Cinema, Sex, and Censorship

Course #: ENGL 292L

This course introduces students to the history of sex in American cinema by tracing the history of the representation of sex and sexuality from early cinema and the vaudeville tradition to contemporary engagements with queerness, non-normative desires, and artificial intelligence. Students will examine key moments in film history related to sex and censorship, including the scandals of pre-code Hollywood, the rise of the Hays Codes, the development of underground and the exploitation cinemas, and the emergence of the Motion Picture Rating System, as well a range of issues related to sexuality and desire, including same-sex desire, repression, sexual violence, the AIDS crisis, and sex and technology. Students will watch both mainstream, commercial films and smaller, independent art films, as well as B-movies and low budget films, to examine how sex and sexuality have been represented and censored across the broad spectrum of American cinema.
Pre Requisites:
Pre-req = ENGL 102

Section Class Number Schedule/Time Instructor Location
01 10055 MWF
10:00 - 10:50 am
Hamblin,Sarah Kate Wheatley W02-0158
Session: Regular
Class Dates: 01/22/2024 - 05/08/2024
Capacity: 30
Enrolled: 27
Status: Open
Credits: 3/3
Class Notes:
Pre Requisites: Pre-req = ENGL 102
Course Attributes: United States, Humanities