AC231 Doing It - Sex on the Beach Doing It AC 231 Fall 2005...

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Sex on the Beach: Doing It AC 231 Fall 2005 Sept 8
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Outline I. Clip from From Here to Eternity (1953) II. Sex on the Beach—How We’ll Do It. A. What We will Do B. How We’ll Do It The Drink, The Exotic, The Erotic; As Defining and Generative C. Key Themes Generated D. Key Motifs (Visual and Narratological) III. My Assertions A. Beauty to Behold is Beauty to Possess A. Dramatized with recurring characters, including non-humans B. Representation and Power Relations IV. Images of Others are Images of Self: How do you Look? I. Invitation and Challenge II. Discussion Points for Fifty First Dates VII. Key terms from Readings
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Clip from From Here to Eternity (1953)
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II. Sex on the Beach—How We’ll Do It. A. What We will Do: Visual literacy , or “ cineliteracy ” (Giannetti): developing the skills and talents to analyze how the visual medium of film organizes and re-presents the world in ways that affect our emotional and intellectual understanding of the world. Practices of Looking ” (Sturken and Cartwright. 2003. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture . Oxford and New York: Oxford Press
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“Practices of Looking” we live in a highly visual world --the visual representation of reality around us are social and technical constructions of the world --not simply faithful copies of the real world, but highly particular and partial representations --will always reveal structures of power, (not innocent or innocuous, even if they are consciously intended to simply entertain)
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“Practices of Looking” (cont.) -- that the way we see, or look, or watch, or view images = social and cultural conventions; --acts of imaging, and looking are social practices -- academic field of visual studies = provides critical tools to help us discern the deeper social and political workings of visual culture.
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B. How We’ll Do It attention to recurring themes, motifs and clichés, in story elements, and in the particular elements of the medium of cinema, to understand how the representation of the Pacific, the practice of using the Pacific as setting for the telling and retelling of certain kinds of stories, is nothing less than a kind of screen by which we can ultimately understand the social and cultural world of the producers and the viewers than about any intrinsic truth of the islands.
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1. The DRINK : Having A Cocktail exotic, tropical names, tropical ingredients mixed with European spirits as much a visual as it is an inebriating intoxicant; visually appealing as it induces pleasure cocktailtimes.com: recipes and a little social history of such exotic drinks:
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Cocktailtimes.com “Vodka did not see a great boom in popularity in the West until the 1960s and 1970s when many more brands were launched in the USA and the UK. The timing coincided with the cultural revolution in these countries - the 'swinging 60s.’ With a more affluent younger generation and a generally more relaxed lifestyle and the emphasis on adventure and
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