Spring 2023 - GSWS 319 D100

Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4)

Queer Fandoms

Class Number: 6008

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 2532, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A specific theme within the field of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, not otherwise covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, will be dealt with as occasion and demand warrant.

COURSE DETAILS:

Slash fan fiction, shipping, queerbaiting, Bury-Your-Gays, yaoi... Over the past three decades, these fandom-coined terms have significantly shaped our understandings of popular culture and of mainstream media representations of genders and sexualities. How do fandoms interact with and transform media industries? How do fandoms themselves create and regulate discourses about queerness? In what ways do fans appropriate transnational media materials for their own local context and everyday practices?

This course introduces students to debates about fandoms’ potentials to transform hegemonic ideas about genders and sexualities. The first part of the course focuses on subversive and queer readings of mainstream media texts and presents a genealogy of early fandoms in the 1990s. The second part looks at various case studies of local fandom cultures emerging across the globe in the twentieth-first century, and the third and final part examines fans’ uses and (mis)readings of transnational media.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/undergraduate/courses/Educational_Goals.html

Grading

  • Attendance & Participation 10%
  • Canvas Reflections/Discussions 10%
  • Creative Project 20%
  • Mid-Term 25%
  • Final Research Paper 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

All required readings are available for download on Canvas.


REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

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