Film & Theater studies

Film & Theater Studies Essay

In her classic essay (some might say manifesto) of 1975, Laura Mulvey uses psychoanalysis to analyze why women are represented as “there-to-be-looked-at.” What does she mean by that? How does the male gaze use fetishism and sadism in the way women are represented and seen? What is the solution she proposes?

In her response to Laura Mulvey’s essay of 1975, Mary Ann Doane focuses on the way women look at film (whereas Mulvey focused on how men look at film, or the male gaze). How does she describe how women look at film? And what is the theory of the masquerade? How does her theory of the masquerade possibly inform how we as film theorists can look at the ways that women are represented in film?

Read the articles (Laura Mulvey and Mary Ann Doane) and answer the following questions. Also, each question needs at least two paragraphs and need to provide these statement. Moreover, be careful about grammar.
In addition, the connection between argument and evidence is clearly and compellingly articulated in all cases.

In Marlon Riggs’ Color Adjustment, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states that Black sitcoms of the 1970s represented both the greatest potential for representing Black life in television’s history and also the greatest failure. Why? Conduct a close analysis of either the “Juneteenth: The Musical” episode of Blackish (ABC, October 3, 2017) or the “B-, Don’t Kill My Vibe” episode of Grown-ish (Freeform, January 3, 2018).

How does this current sitcom exhibit similar possibilities and/or failure? Why or why not?
Each essay should be six (6) pages in length, typed, and double-spaced using a font of no larger than 12- point and no smaller than 11-point Your paper should have a title page with an original title that indicates the central ideas of your argument.

The title page should also include the course number, your name, your
TA’s name, section day and time, and the date on which you turned in your paper. Do not repeat any of this information on the succeeding pages of your essay.

Please make sure that you keep a printed out, hard-copy of your paper in addition to the original that you turn in. This short essay is 20% of your grade.
Papers will be collected at the beginning of lecture section.

Please see the Policies in the course syllabus, distributed on the first day of classes, for all other policies related to essay
This paper should use no references beyond your screenings of Color Adjustment and/or Black-ish or Grown-ish and, possibly, reference to pertinent course readings and/or lectures. You must always include citations and full bibliographic reference whenever you use an idea from one of these sources—when paraphrasing as well as using direct quotes.

Film & Theater Studies Essay Questions

Prompt: Choose one of the following options for your essay:

1) How does Kristeva’s theory of abjection relate to The Witch? Form an analysis of the movie using this theory.
2) How does The Witch use the folktale genre and gothic elements to illustrate horror? Use a historical lens as a foundation to this analysis.
3) Choose a character from the film and thoroughly deconstruct this character. What is the character’s motivation, fears, or how does this character contribute to the horror? Use abjection theory and/or a psychological lens.
4) How does the movie present good vs evil? Explain this struggle and the overall message of the film. You can use religious history and/or theology, etc.

Tips: Use specific themes or motifs to build your analysis.


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Last Updated on April 28, 2023

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