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Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema (EAF3508)

30 credits

What does it mean to be a girl in contemporary Western culture? How does cinema represent the process of becoming a woman? On this module we will study how both arthouse and popular films from America and Europe narrate young women's lives in contemporary society that both celebrates and denigrates girls and their achievements. In particular we will draw upon the theories of postfeminism and place these into an unusual comparative context, exploring the simultaneous local and global articulation of contemporary girlhood and its pleasures and pains.