This course offers a foundation in the history and analysis of television and digital media through the study of queer online fandoms. With a particular focus on US genre/cult TV (sci-fi and fantasy), we will explore the development of fan communities and creativity on internet platforms from newsgroups to Tumblr. Queer fan cultures have engaged with issues of representation, visibility, and identity politics as well as the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race. Through discussion, criticism, and activism as well as the production of transformative works of fiction, art, and video, they have questioned the terms of mainstream media and envisioned queerer worlds.
The primary work for this course will involve weekly academic reading and writing. Queer Media Fandom meets once a week for a remote class session mainly structured as a discussion-based seminar. Discussion will happen in varied modes (small groups on Zoom, text chat, shared activities using digital tools) to allow for different forms of participation. Other learning activities will include recorded lectures, viewing fan communities and artistic works, and an open-ended creative project. Skills emphasized in this program are broadly applicable to further studies in humanities and media.
$35 fee for required course readings and mailing costs