AMST 283
Black Queer Looks: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary African-American Film Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 283 / WGSS 283 / AFR 283 / ENGL 286
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In this course we will foreground questions around visibility and memory. We will explore representations of Black queer bodies in experimental, documentary and narrative film. This course will engage foundational texts from Black Queer Studies. We will pair texts with film in order to examine the various relationships between art and scholarship. You will also be asked to think about yourself as a filmmaker. We will screen films such as Looking for Langston (Isaac Julien, 1989), The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996), U People (Olive Demetrius and Hanifah Walidah, 2009), Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989) and Litany for Survival (Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson, 1995). Throughout the course we will evaluate the different ways filmmakers represent Black queerness on screen. The goal is to think about the possibilities and limitations of representation and visibility. Each of you will be asked to facilitate a class discussion. You also will be required to do weekly critical response papers. In lieu of a final paper you will create a detailed proposal for a short film that “represents” some segment of Black queer living. This course fulfills the EDI requirement in that it centers questions of power and privilege. Students will also hone their critical theorization skills.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1608
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: facilitate class discussion; weekly critical response papers; in lieu of a final paper you will create a detailed proposal for a short film
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, then Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS, AFR or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 283 Division II WGSS 283 Division II AFR 283 Division II ENGL 286 Division I
Attributes: FMST Core Courses
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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