Sexuality and Censorship in Hollywood

Instructor: 
Justin Philbeck
Day/Time Taught: 
110: TR 5:00-6:15 pm; 135: TR 3:00-4:45 pm; 160: TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2011
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
110
Section-1: 
135
Section-2: 
160

The history of sexuality in American cinema is the story of a duel between America’s puritanical squeamishness and its morbid desire to transgress all boundaries. Chronicling cinematic sexuality and the censorship which arose to curtail it also presents a microcosm of the 20th century American social climate. In this class, we will explore the ways in which Hollywood presented sexuality to the masses, its purposes for doing so, the ways in which the government and private interest groups attempted to censor sexuality in films, and the relevant historical context for these movements. Moreover, we will investigate the social currents which influenced the portrayal of sexuality in films and analyze the interaction between society and cinema. Students will discuss in class screenings of movie clips, write short response papers to out of class screenings, and, for the final project, write their own scripts.

 

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