Feminist Cinema

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Film & Media Studies
Course Number: 
322
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as SWAG 469, ASLC  452 [SA], and FAMS 322.)  How do we define the word “feminism”? Can the term be used to define cinematic texts outside the Euro-American world? In this course we will study a range of issues that have been integral to feminist theory--the body, domesticity, same sex desire, gendered constructions of the nation, feminist utopias and dystopias--through a range of South Asian cinematic texts. Through our viewings and readings we will consider whether the term “feminist” can be applied to these texts, and we will experiment with new theoretical lenses for exploring these films. Films will range from Satyajit Ray’s classic masterpiece Charulata to Gurinder Chadha’s trendy diasporic film, Bend It Like Beckham. Attendance for screenings on Monday is compulsory.


Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Shandilya.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
FAMS-322-01,SWAG-469-01,ASLC-452-01
Schedule #: 
FAMS-322-01-1516F

Course Sections

Feminist Cinema
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Krupa Shandilya kshandilya@amherst.edu T 02:30PM-05:00PM MERR 314