Cinema and Media Studies Seminar: Reading Queer Theory and New Queer Cinema

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: VMC
Term: Spring

Teacher: Mitsuyo WADA-MARCIANO

Course Code: JK11001

In this graduate seminar, we will read various queer theories and writings of queer cinema from the 1990s to present.



We will expand our knowledge on gender politics through the readings with several questions in our mind: What is queer theory? What is new queer cinema? What are advantage and disadvantage of queer theory? What is the relationship between “identity,” “gender,” “sex,” “queer,” and “trans*”? What has been queer theory’s influence on our lives? What are the future possibilities of the theory?

Our goal is twofold: 1) overviewing queer theories and new queer cinema, spanning almost three decades; 2) investigating how we could apply the theories to our own interests, for instance, in LGBTQ art and queer cinema.

The structure of this course is similar to a reading group: each week, two or three students will present outlines of the assigned readings, after which, the entire class will engage in discussion of the reading materials. All students are expected to come to class having completed the week’s readings, and be prepared to discuss them. There will be some film screenings during classes.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: None.

Day/Period: Mon/2
Location: TBA.
Credits: 2

Number of participants is limited to 10.


Course Goals

This class will give students the tools to map the current state of gender politics, queer theory, and queer cinema. All students will strengthen their ability to communicate clearly and make persuasive arguments orally and in writing.

By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
(1) expand knowledge of issues queer theory and queer cinema
(2) draw on concepts from queer theory to analyze any media culture
(3) make original arguments and support them with evidence and a logical chain of reasoning
(4) communicate their ideas clearly in writing, discussions, and oral presentations

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on active participation (20%), reading report (19%), lead discussions of reading materials (40%), presentation on your final essay topic (10%), and final essay on queer cinema (20%).