Welcome to GWSS 3307 Feminist Film Studies (Spring 2016) at the University of Minnesota!

This website contains the course schedule, assignment guidelines, various feminist film studies resources, projects, and our course blog. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for more details about these materials. You will find all of the readings on our Moodle site.

For more information or questions, email the instructor Mia Fischer at fisch792@umn.edu

Course Info

GWSS 3307: Feminist Film Studies// Thurs 6.20pm-8:50pm // Murphy Hall 130

Twitter Hashtag: #femfilm16

Instructor: Mia Fischer

  • Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 1.15-2.15pm and by appointment (Ford Hall 294)

Teaching Assistant: Naimah Petigny

  • Office Hours: Tues 2.30-4.00pm (Ford Hall 466)


Course Description

In this upper-level film analysis and theory course, we will survey multiple approaches to feminist film theory and use what we learn to examine films and related media, including Hollywood “blockbusters,” independent films, documentary film, and web series. The course will investigate constructions of gender and seeks to problematize conventional notions of femininity and masculinity, while also considering issues of sexuality, race, class, celebrity, and film aesthetics.

Course Objectives

  • Through screenings, course readings, and social media students will trace key concepts and debates in feminist film theory, criticism, and history considering critical reception, historical context, and sociopolitical implications of representation.
  • Through discussions and writing students discern the relevant social, political, ideological, and aesthetic differences of the media we examine.
  • Students will gain digital literacy skills by actively engaging with social media and producing a feminist video essay.

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