Representation

Year 12 – Theory Thursdays – Representation: Guantlett

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  • The media have an important but complex relationship with identities. In the modern world, it is now an expectation that individuals make choices about their identity and lifestyle. Even in the traditional media, there are many diverse and contradictory media messages that individuals can use to think through their identities and ways of expressing themselves. For example, the success of ‘popular feminism’ and increasing representation of different sexualities created a world where the meaning of gender, sexuality and identity is increasingly open.

 

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Year 12 – Theory Thursdays – Representation: Hall

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  • Representation is not about whether the media reflects or distorts reality, as this implies that there can be one ‘true’ meaning, but the many meanings a representation can generate. Meaning is constituted by representation, by what is present, what is absent, and what is different. Thus, meaning can be contested.
  • A representation implicates the audience in creating its meaning. Power – through ideology or by stereotyping – tries to fix the meaning of a representation in a ‘preferred meaning’. To create deliberate anti-stereotypes is still to attempt to fix the meaning (albeit in a different way). A more effective strategy is to go inside the stereotype and open it up from within, to deconstruct the work of representation.

Year 12 – Key Concepts – Representation

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Mulvey – Male Gaze

The Bechdel Test

The Female Gaze

Judith Butler – Queer Theory

Hebdidge and Subculture

Bell Hooks and the inconnectivity of race, class and gender

Task:

Create a ‘revision place mat’ to revise all aspects of representation theory.  It should be no bigger than an A4 sheet, so it can be stuck on a desk for later help.  It should have as much information as possible on it.  You can use colour, text boxes and images – it should be helpful to you, but able to be shared with others.

Here are some examples…

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Year 12 – Representation – Taylor Swift

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Prep – for Tuesday 11th September 2018

You need to watch the video below and complete the following question:

 

“In the video for ‘Look what you made me do’ Taylor Swift represents the genders in a positive way.”  Do you agree with this statement?  Give evidence to back up your opinion. Is the video an example of ‘male gaze’?  Give evidence to back up your opinion. 400-500 words (2 sides hand written, 1-1.5 sides typed).

Year 13 – Key Concepts – Representation

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Mulvey – Male Gaze

The Bechdel Test

The Female Gaze

Judith Butler – Queer Theory

Hebdidge and Subculture

Bell Hooks and the inconnectivity of race, class and gender

Task:

Create a ‘revision place mat’ to revise all aspects of representation theory.  It should be no bigger than an A4 sheet, so it can be stuck on a desk for later help.  It should have as much information as possible on it.  You can use colour, text boxes and images – it should be helpful to you, but able to be shared with others.

Here are some examples…

mat-4 mat-3 mat-2 mat-1

Year 12 – Music Video – Practice analysis

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Your turn…

How is power (or lack of it) represented in either of these videos?

 

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Year 12 – Talking about representation

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Using the ‘Ways of talking about representation’ sheet – which can be found here:

Ways of describing Representation

answer the following question, using as much of the terminology as possible (don’t forget to talk about stereotypes).

Question:

Watch the Eric Prydz video again.  What representations are present in the video?  Why is the video effective?