Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
Queerly Mediated: Bodies, Images, and Other Matters in U.S. Visual Culture 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Pathway in Popular Culture Studies
School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies

General description

Wednesdays at 14 -18 in seminar room E323, Minerva III floor.
MEDST 9/3/2016 - 6/5/2016, Fourth Quarter

Readings, screenings, course assignments.

Professor Joy V. Fuqua
Office: 312 Miranda Bldg.
Office Hours: Wednesday: 13-14
E-Mail: professorfuqua@gmail.com


Course Description

The French philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir in her groundbreaking book, The Second Sex, wrote: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” If we take de Beauvoir’s statement as our starting point, we might ask how this could be the case. Are we not born male or female? De Beauvoir’s statement embodies what we might call the tension between the “nature” v. “nurture” arguments about sex and gender.

In particular, this course is a sophisticated introduction to the ever-changing field called “queer theory.” Annamarie Jagose has said that “Queer is always an identity under construction, a site of permanent becoming” (1996). One way of understanding this is to say that queer is against stasis, against ordinary ways of knowing, against pregiven identity categories. That queer, as a concept, and as a way of life, is constantly unfolding. It can be understood as a third term that rubs up against normative categories such as heterosexual/homosexual; gay/straight; man/woman; masculine/feminine; human/nonhuman. It represents a range of possibilities and identities. It occupies a space of intersection, a place of coalescence (but not necessarily of coherence) where many things may be brought together. Or they may be thrown apart.

When we talk about queer media theory, we have traditionally, since the early 1990s, discussed reading or interpretative strategies. We have focused on reading media texts (and literary texts for that matter) against the grain to reveal multiple possibilities and pleasures that various readers may make or take from those narratives. Camp, is one of these queer reading strategies. This course will provide a historical context to understand out of which queer media have emerged. We will encounter select key works of queer theory, various queer media texts, and also think about how queer might be a useful term for thinking about, finally, our relationship to the world (i.e., “nature” and the human/nonhuman).

We will look at materials from the 1930s to contemporary examples and we will watch media texts from mainstream commercial sources as well as independent and experimental video and filmmakers. Class and screenings will be conducted in English.

Required Text: Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home.  I will not order the book for the class. It is available through multiple online sources such as Amazon. This is the only text you are required to purchase. Other required readings will be made available on our course blog.

Assignments and Grading: To be announced. You will have several assignments one of which will include a mapping/making/research project that you will present to the class during the last week. I will explain this more in the finalized syllabus.

Partial Schedule of Readings and Screenings:

Week 1:         Introduction to Queer Theory/Queer Media Theory

9/3      In-Class Screening: The Celluloid Closet

           The Emergence of “Queer”


Week 2:         What is Queer?

16/3      Required Readings: Jagose, Annamarie, “Introduction” and “Queer”

             In-Class Screening: Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Week 3:         Reading Queerly

23/2    Required Reading: Doty, Alex, “There’s Something Queer Here”

           and “I Love Laverne and Shirley

           In-Class Screening: True Blood; Sense8, clip: Laverne and Shirley


Week 4:         Contemporary Issues in Queer Theory

30/3     Trans and Feminist Theory


Week 5          Contemporary Issues in Queer Theory

6/4      Human/Nonhuman; New Feminist & Queer Materialism


Week 6          TBA


Week 7          TBA



Week 8          TBA



Week 9          Presentations

4/5 (last class)


Registration in NettiOpsu, 18 students, Media Studies major students priorited. METU0191 Differences and Identities.

Teacher responsible

Joy Fuqua


9-Mar-2016 – 4-May-2016