Title

Queer Theoretical Efficiencies, Inadequacies, and Context Applied to a Mainstream Film

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

This panel will apply theories about queer sexuality and gender identity with a focus on women’s sexuality and gender expression while applying a theoretical perspective to a specific thematic text. We will do this by having a three-part perspective, where one advocates for the theory’s application, another points out its shortcoming, and one mediates the conversation between the two. This panel will delve into queer theoretical framework needed to critically evaluate the merit of queer theories and recognize the impact these theories have had on gay activism and queer futurism. Analyzing a mainstream movie, this panel will examine how this film frames female sexuality and gender for a heterosexual audience. The panel will also focus on the ways that different queer theories can influence either the acceptance or rejection of queer individuals when interacting with real-world restrictions, and the statement films and literary texts make through their portrayal of queer women within society. The proposed panel would offer students the opportunity to apply critical theory to mainstream texts with a specific focus on queer sexuality and gender identity among women.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michelle O'Brien

Department/Program

English

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Queer Theoretical Efficiencies, Inadequacies, and Context Applied to a Mainstream Film

Ellensburg

This panel will apply theories about queer sexuality and gender identity with a focus on women’s sexuality and gender expression while applying a theoretical perspective to a specific thematic text. We will do this by having a three-part perspective, where one advocates for the theory’s application, another points out its shortcoming, and one mediates the conversation between the two. This panel will delve into queer theoretical framework needed to critically evaluate the merit of queer theories and recognize the impact these theories have had on gay activism and queer futurism. Analyzing a mainstream movie, this panel will examine how this film frames female sexuality and gender for a heterosexual audience. The panel will also focus on the ways that different queer theories can influence either the acceptance or rejection of queer individuals when interacting with real-world restrictions, and the statement films and literary texts make through their portrayal of queer women within society. The proposed panel would offer students the opportunity to apply critical theory to mainstream texts with a specific focus on queer sexuality and gender identity among women.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CAH/9