Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema (SML3036)

15 credits

On this module you will study contemporary films (1990s onwards) from American and European cinema that map out girls, girlhood and coming-of-age. It is designed to enable students from a wide range of backgrounds such as English, Modern Languages, History, Politics and Philosophy to engage critically with some key ideas concerning filmic representation of contemporary girlhood and its aesthetic, cultural and political meanings. Prior experience of film study is not necessary. The focus of the module is on how film articulates certain tropes, and how they may shore up or allow space for critique of what has been labeled a ‘post-feminist’ culture. Major themes include emotion and affect on film; sexualisation of mainstream culture; diversity and race; and performance.