May 7 – June 14, 2013 | 11AM-12:15PM Daily | Swain Hall West Room 103 | Instructor Allison Vandenberg
GNDR-G104 #14877 (A+H Breadth of Inquiry credit) – Do you love scary movies and horror stories? Have you ever wondered why men and women are portrayed in certain ways in horror stories, comics, and movies? This course will examine the various ways that horror texts reflect, inform, and challenge gender roles. Throughout the semester, we will draw on a wide variety of texts and schools of thought as we examine gender in literature, graphic novels, short stories, and of course, film. In the process, we will engage with popular culture scholars, literary theorists, psychoanalysis, and a wide array of feminist and gender theories. By the end of the semester, students will have a familiarity with a wide range of horror genres and analytical frameworks for understanding gender’s place in horror.