Pictures of Girlhood keeps up the movement toward better understanding cultural representations of girls and the ways we might change our culture and our selves.
AME/WGS 304 American Girls: Identity, Culture, and Empowerment
Summers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 online
University of Maine at Augusta
In this 7-week course, I combine Pictures of Girlhood with a variety of other scholarly works about girls and girlhood. Students also write film reflections and complete an action/education project where they are encouraged to being ideas from class into their local communities.
Syllabus for American Girls
Action/Education Projects are always my favorite part of class. I appreciate the effort that every student puts into this work and the ways in which so many find ways to make a difference--sometimes even to make an intervention--in their own lives and communities. Here's a general overview of students' Summer 13 projects:
This book was built from my master's thesis and I wrote it while working on my PhD. My work has continued to evolve, but Pictures of Girlhood begins a conversation about the possibilities of popular culture and oppositional consciousness.
I have taught a variety of classes based on this work, including the course I teach every summer online at UMA. I love sharing this work with my students and learning from them as they consider my arguments and make their own analyses of the films I feature.
My Culture and Movement blog provides an opportunity to consider some of the films that I do not discuss in my book and to expand and extend the conversation begun in Pictures of Girlhood. If you are interested in joining this conversation, or contributing a guest blog, please feel free to contact me.
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