Consistent attendance and active, informed participation in all class meetings. I will circulate an attendance sheet each day in class. Your signature on this sheet is factored into your overall evaluation for the course. Therefore, you must only sign for yourself. (10% of grade)
Note on participation after Spring Break: Beginning on March 30, in lieu of attendance/participation, please post brief comments or questions to the chat. We will be using “Chat Lite,” a WordPress plugin (see the blue “click here to chat!” box in the bottom right corner of the page). The College administration has asked us not to require synchronous participation, so you are free to post to the chat anytime on Mondays and Wednesdays for the rest of the semester, and I will try to circle back to your question or comment as soon and as often as I can on those days. You should have read the assigned reading and reviewed the class Powerpoint prior to contributing to the chat.
Weekly journal entries consisting of media images or news articles that relate to the topics under discussion. THESE WILL CONTINUE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER. Please include a brief commentary on each document included in your journal. As we move to online learning, I will try to respond directly to each of your entries within 24 hours. (20% of grade)
PLEASE NOTE: I have increased the amount that journals count toward your overall grade. Feel free to go back and revise earlier journal entries. In the past, we have skipped journals in some weeks, but please be sure to post a journal entry for each of the remaining six remaining weeks of the semester.
Participation in online discussion of assigned primary and secondary sources. (These are separate from your journal entries.) You must post to the online discussion at least 6 times over the course of the semester. When posting, you need only answer one of the discussion questions. You must complete at least three of these discussion posts before mid-semester. Ideally, you would post approximately once every other week. Posts must be made before the class period in which the relevant materials are discussed. (20% of grade)
PLEASE CONTINUE TO POST YOUR ONLINE DISCUSSION COMMENTS ON THE DAY FOR WHICH READINGS ARE ASSIGNED. YOU CAN DO SO ANYTIME ON THAT DAY.
Film review essay: Write an essay (4-6 pages) about misogyny in one of the following post-World War II films:
Double Indemnity (1944)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Out of the Past (1947)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Rebel without a Cause (1956)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
How does the film’s portrayal of woman characters relate to the pathological constructions of postwar femininity that we studied in the first week of class? For those who are interested in cinematic elements of film, see John Michael Santos, “Cinematic Elements of Film.” Essays are due on Friday, February 29. (25% of grade)
Digital Project or Research Paper (4-6 pages): Each student will complete one of the following:
- A digital project utilizing esri Story Map Journal and/or WordPress.
- A traditional research paper (4-6 pages).
Possible topics include:
- The Hulu TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-), in relation to Margaret Atwood’s novel and to current events.
- Misogyny in one or more other contemporary media texts (film, TV show, podcast, social media platform, etc.)
- Representations of Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Stacy Abrams, Michelle Obama, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally, and/or other women politicians in relation to scholarship on misogyny in politics.
- The “Red Pill” movement and online misogyny.
- Misogyny’s intersection with ableism, heteronormativity, ageism, racism, or other system of oppression.
- Current developments in reproductive politics and misogyny (with or without reference to The Handmaid’s Tale).
- Recent developments in relation to #MeToo and the politics of sexual harassment and violence.
- Issues and media coverage related to the revival of the Equal Rights Campaign.
- Misogyny in professional sports media and in portrayals of women athletes.
- Misogyny within a particular institution or context (e.g., the U.S. military, the healthcare system, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the prison system, etc.)
- Present-day mother-blaming.
- The gender wage gap.
- Misogyny in advertising and consumer culture; Fashion and misogyny.
- Any other topic related to misogyny that interests you!
Regardless of whether you present your findings in digital or written format, you must consult at least three secondary sources (academic, peer-reviewed) and include those sources in a project bibliography. If you are working remotely, you should still be able to access Middlebury’s databases, scholarly articles, and e-books. If you need help accessing suitable secondary sources, email me and I will help you!
This assignment is due on at 5:00 PM on May 11. (25% of grade)