Middlebury

FYSE 1508

Playing Dead: TV Crime Drama

Playing Dead: Feminist Readings of TV Crime Drama
In this course we will explore the cultural beliefs and biases implicit in TV crime dramas.  Our television screens are populated with these shows, some focusing on the independent investigator, others on the police, and still others on the technicians who help secure evidence. Using a feminist lens, we will explore the grammar of this genre in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Who gets defined as the criminal, who the victim, and why? What makes crime dramas pleasurable, and why do we watch them even when they are formulaic? How have they changed over time? 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
AMR CW

Sections

Fall 2017

FYSE1508A-F17 Seminar (Moorti)