Media, Identity and the Popular
Module code: MS2006
Module co-ordinator: Katie Moylan
This module explores what is meant by ‘identity’ (our own and the concept in general) by considering the various social factors which make up individual identity and the ways these are represented in popular media. These factors include normative notions of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual preference and affiliation, social class, and nation/region.
We will also explore how such reductive categories can be expanded on and transcended. These circulating representations are analysed through the study of selected popular television and film texts each week.
The ‘identity project’
Definitions of popular media
How stereotypes work in popular media
Approaches to feminist analysis
Approaches to queer theory
Representations of social class
Representations of ‘nation’
Complicating representations of identity: resistant narratives
Complicating representations of identity: social protest
- Each week’s class will comprise a lecture, seminar discussion and a screening of illustrative clips from film and television on that week’s topic.
- Exam, three hours
- Short ‘semiotic analysis of self’