Representing Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and Identities
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- 31 Jul 2023
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- Apply key theoretical frameworks around the body and identity to the analysis of visual culture.
- Assess a range of different viewpoints of the body through visual and textual analysis.
- Develop skills in research and academic writing through critical analysis tasks and essay writing.
- Reflect on the role of visual culture in ideas of the body through creative and critical assignments.
- • Gender, sexuality, and visual culture.
- • Art and activism.
- • Race, power, and representation.
- • Sensation and aesthetics.
- • Speculative bodies in art and film.
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How does representation shape our understanding of bodies? How have ideas about gender, sexuality, race and disability been informed by visual culture? In this subject you will interrogate art, film and media from a range of time periods and cultural contexts to see how dominant concepts of the body and identity are communicated. From painting to protest, from film to fashion, you will look at examples of visual culture that have challenged convention and changed the way we understand our own and others’ bodies.
You will learn to engage critically with a range of visual and textual sources and formulate independent arguments across critical and creative tasks. This subject introduces you to key approaches in the study of visual cultures, and interdisciplinary knowledge relevant to range of other majors including History, Gender Sexuality and Diversity Studies, English, and Sociology.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed CRA1STO (What is Creativity?) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
- Short essay, 800 words (20%)
- Digital storytelling exercise (1200 words equiv.) (30%)
- Essay, 2000 words (50%)
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