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Pre-College Program Category: Humanities/Language/Writing
In this course we will critically examine the performance and production of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and gender in, by, and through media broadly defined. Examining different forms of mediated representation including but not limited to: television shows (scripted and reality programming), digital media (web series, games, gifs, and memes), staged recordings (spoken word and music videos), film (fiction and nonfiction, and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat amongst others), we seek to provide students with the tools necessary to critically unpack what it means to perform the self in contemporary U.S. popular culture. Among the questions we will consider to theorize identity with, by, and through representation: What are the racial, social, and class politics in self-fashioning one’s online presence? How do film and television construct and deconstruct persons and personas? How do the ways in which we see the world around us often challenge and contradict the myriad of images that we are constantly presented with?