Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Film
Professor Boukary Sawadogo
Office: Gander 2
This course is designed to facilitate learning and critical analysis of how gender and sexuality are represented in Francophone communities. This course surveys cultural issues and representations, through the filmic medium, to showcase the diversity inherent in the French-speaking world. Emphasis is on gender roles, the condition of women, portrayals of homosexuality, and the power struggle that exists between the center and the margins.
The 13 selected films include:
Le Placard (The Closet)
Beaches of Agnes Varda
Tu as crie LET ME GO
Les Silences du palais (The Silences of the Palace)
Women with Open Eyes
Rue Cases-negres (Sugar Cane Alley)
Pouvoir de pagne (Skirt power)
Un ete a la Goulette (A Summer in La Goulette)
* Attendance / Participation
Because you will be graded on your in-class participation, you are expected to attend every class. You must to come to class fully prepared to discuss the films and any supplemental reading materials in a thoughtful way. Participation in class includes exchanging ideas on issues/concepts raised in the films regarding gender and/or sexuality.
In addition to in-class film screenings and discussion, students will create and maintain an electronic media project on “Gender and Sexuality” on the Critical Commons platform. Using the media sharing capabilities of Critical Commons, students will gather relevant film clips and post critical commentaries that will constitute an online academic source of reference for research.
There will be individual oral presentations (10-15 minutes) to introduce the assigned film and its director. You are also expected to present a brief cultural and historical context in which the film was produced.
Two papers will be required for this course: one short paper (3-5 pages) and one longer research paper (7-10 pages). The short paper is a personal reflection on the films discussed. The research paper may deal with one issue/concept as featured in a given film or compare the treatment of gender/sexuality in two films. The topic of your research paper must be approved by the instructor. The research paper must be documented with at least four sources (No Wikipedia).