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Winter 2016


pulp fiction, Quentin Tarantino, women's studies, gender studies, critical race theory, society, power


Course Objectives and Expected Learning Outcomes:

Rejecting the standpoint of the passively entertained consumer, our shared objectives in this course will be (1) to bring our selected cinematic and written texts into interaction in such ways as to produce high-quality scholarly writing. It is hoped that, by the end of the semester, each student’s active engagement with our course material should have enabled him/her, (2) to deepen and broaden his/her knowledge base concerning the social problematics we will have treated in such ways as to inform and encourage constructive social action.

We will view Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and read selections of social criticism and linguistic theory from thinkers including Judith Butler, Louis Althusser, Angela Davis, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, Eldridge Cleaver, and Edward Said in order to develop our own critical perspectives on questions of spectacular violence, the body, race/racism, sex, sexuality, and the discursive and concrete constitution of the subject.



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