Girls on Film
For the last thirty years, the figure of the girl gained a new visibility in global visual culture. Girls are “hypervisible” and this visibility is accompanied by an intense attention to girls’ lives and the cultural meanings that move through them. This first-year seminar will explore how the girl appears in contemporary films from around the world. Drawing upon the fields of girls’ studies and feminist film theory, we will think about what happens when girls are placed at the visual and narrative center of cinematic representations and chart their connections to the possibilities for and restrictions placed upon girls and young women in the cultural/national contexts upon which the films reflect.