WGS 2124 – Romance, Gender, and Popular Culture

Examines how forms of American popular culture - television, film, novels - shape our understanding of romance with respect to gender, sexuality, race, and class. Analyzes the construction of gender in relation to the ideology of romance, with a focus on the wedding-industrial complex and heterosexuality as ritualized practice in popular culture and society. Examines how popular culture is created and experienced and how we can engage critically with our roles as producers and consumers of culture. IV