Westworld, HBO’s “science fiction western thriller” television series, drives a broadly-conceived visual culture/cultural studies course in which we identify and analyze various aesthetics and genres, histories and visions, typologies and allegories on screen and off; both inside and outside the show’s narrative. Possibilities include: feminism, sexploitation, and the oppositional gaze; artificial intelligence/cyborgs; Afrofuturism; American Indian and indigenous rights and representation; remakes; tv westerns; queerness and speculative fiction; Du Boisian double consciousness, etc.
Registration: Previous coursework in art history or media studies or critical race theory/gender, ethnicity studies AND Professor’s permission. Please email a paragraph explaining your interest in/prep. for the course to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/27.