“Blood, Babies, and Chainsaws: Gender in/As Horror" will orient students to a variety of critical approaches—literary, anthropological, historical, sociological—on the study of gender in a genre (the modern Horror film) that is enormously popular and more than likely entirely familiar to these students. In this class we will address the following questions around cultural discourses of gender and bodies:
1.) How does popular culture conceive of “appropriate” femininity and masculinity?
2.) What “happens” to those who deviate from these norms and how is such a deviation dramatized in horror films and popular culture more generally?
3.) How does mainstream culture work to co-opt/mobilize/restrain gendered rebellion through its representations of purity (such as virginity and “whiteness”), adulthood (such as menarche and/or other signs of physical “maturity”) and maternity (such as childbirth and female sacrifice)?
GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd AH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 103 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN A & H