Faculty of Arts


Visualising Difference

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for FTVMS 715.


Regimes of visual representation play a significant role in how individuals construct their subjectivity, their sense of community and their politics. This paper is a critical exploration of some of the key issues raised around the representation of "difference" in film and on television. We will explore various intersecting registers of identity including race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class in media produced in the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Students will engage with a wide variety of genres including mainstream and independent cinema, features and shorts, television series and one-off cable specials. The course uses a combination of approaches including postcolonial film theory, psychoanalytically inflected cinema theory, gender and a variety of culturalisms including pluralism, multiculturalism and cultural nationalism. Theorists students may expect to study include Frantz Fanon, Homi Bhabha, Ann Kaplan, Herman Gray, Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Jose Esteban Munoz, Manthia Diawara and Michael Taussig.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Sarina Pearson


FTVMS 715: 30.0 points

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