Cinematic Imaginations: Feminist and Queer Film Criticism

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: SEGVMC
Term: Spring

Teacher: KANNO Yūka

Course Code: JK14001

This course engages major debates in feminist and queer film theory and criticism.



In this seminar, students will be introduced to major debates in feminist and queer film theory and criticism while exploring critical concepts in fields such as women’ cinema, feminist and queer aesthetics and politics, realism, cinema verite, autobiography, and cinematic modernism. We will engage several key genres and modes (documentary, avant-garde, narrative cinema) in order to focus on the very central questions that have informed and shaped feminist and queer approaches to film texts. This seminar aims to examine the different ways in which feminist and queer theoretical and critical discourses address the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race through concrete analysis of these films. The course consists of film screenings, lectures, and discussions based on the assigned readings.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: None.
Duration: Double sessions, May-June 2020

Day/Period: Fri/3, 4
Location: Sem. Room 11
Credits: 2


Course Goals

Through this seminar, students will be able to:
・Understand the historical developments of feminist and queer film criticism while learning key concepts and debates.
・Develop the skills to analyze the film forms, aesthetics, and thematic concerns and the ways in which the issues of gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity are expressed through them.
・Construct compelling arguments on the social and political implications of film texts.
・Situate the visual and cultural texts amid wider social and historical contexts.
・Cultivate the analytical abilities to apply feminist and queer critical perspectives to contemporary visual culture.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on regular attendance and active participation (10%), discussion facilitation (10%), two critical response papers (20% X 2 = 40%), a presentation (10%), and a final essay (30%).