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    An examination of a topic or topics that address the intersection between cinema, gender and sexuality - such as the representation of women in film, cinema audiences and gender, desire and the gaze in the cinema.

    This paper focuses upon the contribution that feminist film theory has made to film studies. It revisits and extends work previously covered across the film and media papers on narrative, genre, history, authorship, spectatorship, stars, audiences and representation.

    About this paper

    Paper title A Topic in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 300-level MFCO, GEND or FIME points
    FIME 406
    Teaching staff

    Convenor and Lecturer: Professor Catherine Fowler

    Paper Structure
    Topics covered may include:
    • The (male) gaze
    • Masculinity and the macho stereotype
    • The woman's film
    • Female authorship
    • Experimental feminist cinema
    • The new man
    • Post-feminism, intersectionality and cinema
    • Presentations (and short essays) on the readings and screening materials (2) 25%
    • One long essay (4,000 words) 40%
    • Presentation on essay topic 10%
    Teaching Arrangements
    The paper is delivered through one 3-hour seminar per week. Students are expected to participate in and lead discussion and take an active part in class sessions as independent learners.
    Course reader.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Identify the key debates of feminist film theory
    • Discuss the shifting problematics of the representation of gender and sexuality in cinema
    • Deconstruct the influence of theorisations of the male gaze upon the field of feminist film theory
    • Carry out independent research and write up results in the form of a long essay


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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