Spring 2022 Gender Studies Midterm Spring 2022 Topics in Gender Studies Re-viewing

Spring 2022 Gender Studies Midterm
Spring 2022
Topics in Gender Studies
Re-viewing Gender in Neoliberal South Korea
The take-home midterm exam consists of two parts: Part I asks you to define and identify concepts, ideas, and passages, and Part II asks you to integrate and engage several texts under a central theme. Responses must be properly styled and formatted, include the word count for every question, and submitted as a Word file via Turnitin on LearnUs. Make sure to read the instructions below before beginning your response.
Write your responses beneath each question—after “Response.” That is, respond directly on the Take-Home Midterm Exam file that you downloaded and then upload this very Word file into the Midterm Exam Submission folder on LearnUs.
Make sure that your response is not bolded and is written in black (i.e., not the navy following Response). You may double-space your response if you wish, but single space is fine. Keep to 12-point Times New Roman font.
Responses must be uploaded as a Word file (PDF, Pages, txt are not acceptable) and saved as “GS Midterm–First Name Initial. Last Name” (e.g., GS Midterm–S. Hong).
Keep to the word limit. In fairness to all, words exceeding the limit will not be considered.
Limit the total amount of quoted material in each response to less than 50 words for Part I and less than 75 words for Part II. That is, for Part I, your response must have less than 50 words of quoted material within the 150-200-word limit per question; for Part II, you must have less than 75 words of quoted material within the 400-450-word limit per question. Paraphrase the rest.
Paraphrasing means intelligently summarizing the text in your own words—with your own claims about the text in mind. Please note that paraphrasing is not quoting without quotation marks or running the original text through a rewording algorithm—this is plagiarism. And as noted in the syllabus, plagiarism is a serious offence, and a verifiable offence will result in a failing grade for the assignment, the course, and disciplinary action, depending on the severity of the infraction.
Additional Guidelines
While you want to anchor your claims in the texts, you should not quote more than is necessary and/or relevant to the specific claim you are making. The purpose of quoting is to direct your reader’s attention to the parts of the text that are essential to your claim. Quote judiciously and integrate quotations grammatically.
When quoting, use in-text citation by putting author’s last name and page numbers in parentheses directly after the quote. Per MLA, include a Works Cited section at the end of your exam. You should have one Works Cited section for the entire exam (not one for each response). For help with MLA formatting and style, visit Purdue University’s OWL (link available on LearnUs).
Write clearly and specifically. I can only give credit for what I can understand. Make sure that your sentences are clear and comprehensible. Do not generalize or resort to vague language; do not use colloquial language (slang); do not use “fillers” and “fluff” to draw out your response. Make each word count towards articulating your idea, reasoning, and claim. Avoid misspelling and/or misusing names and misquoting. Always run spell check and grammar check before submitting your work.
Do not make observations about the text without advancing an argument about their significance. Use specific scenes, sentences, phrases, words to support your interpretations.
Do not impose your own assumptions on the text. That is, do not assess concepts, characters, and/or situations according to your own assumptions. Rather, show how the concepts/ideas you discuss are derived from the text itself. Similarly, do not direct your reader by simply indicating page numbers or time ranges. Always contextualize, describe, and explain.
Avoid consulting online resources like YouTube, Reddit, or Naver. This is how “accidental” plagiarism happens—and plagiarism is always plagiarism. It is your interpretation and take on the texts that interests me. Support your claims from the text and be assertive!
Midterm Exam
Read the questions carefully to determine what you are being asked to consider/answer.
Part I. Respond to the following questions in 150-200 words for each question. Pay special attention to the concepts and ideas (noted in quotation marks) so that you can interpret their significance within the scope of the question. While you need not respond to each sub-question (i.e., every question within a single question), your response must properly address all parts of the question. Engage with the text: do not digress into generalizations or anecdotal examples. Do not put quotation marks around the terms/concepts in your responses. Put quotation marks only when quoting.
1. What does Laura Mulvey mean by the “male gaze”? Explain how she understands “mainstream narrative film” as involving and playing upon “psychoanalytic mechanisms” so as to problematize the male gaze. What, ultimately, is problematic about the “male gaze”?
2. What is Judith Butler claiming about “sex” and “gender” in the following passage? Based
on your understanding of Butler’s “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution,” explain how she understands the relationship between “sex,” “gender,” and “the body,” and how this ties into her idea of “gender identity” as a “performative act” produced by “regulatory fictions.”
Indeed, if gender is the cultural significance that the sexed body assumes, and if that significance is codetermined through various acts and their cultural perception, then it would appear that from within the terms of culture it is not possible to know sex as distinct from gender. … But the more mundane reproduction of gendered identity takes place through the various ways in which bodies are acted in relationship to the deeply entrenched or sedimented expectations of gendered existence. Consider that there is a sedimentation of gender norms that produces the peculiar phenomenon of a natural sex … and that this is a sedimentation that over time has produced a set of corporeal styles which, in reified form, appear as the natural configuration of bodies into sexes which exist in a binary relation to one another. (524)
3. Wendy Brown defines neoliberalism as a “distinctive mode of reason, production of subjects, ‘conduct of conduct,’ and scheme of valuation” (4) resulting in the “economization” of all spheres of life. Explain how neoliberalism functions as each of these four facets. What, then, is the relationship between Brown’s “sacrificial citizenship” and Michel Feher’s notion of “human capital” as “subjects” that “erod[e] the distinction between production and reproduction” (30)?
Part II. Respond to the following questions in 400-450 words for each question. These questions ask you to engage several texts in dialogue and to advance an argument based on your analysis of these texts. Go beyond mere observations; prefer contradiction and paradox over simple, tidy conclusions; stake a claim.
1. Among the many aspects of postfeminist media culture that Rosalind Gill outlines in “Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility,” are: “preoccupation of the body,” “desiring sexual subject,” “individualism, choice, empowerment,” and “makeover paradigm.” Knowing what you know about postfeminism and neoliberalism, consider what Gill claims as postfeminism’s ambivalence, examine how these particular sensibilities are portrayed in My Wife Got Married, and formulate an argument about Ina as a female subject within
neoliberal South Korea.
2. Select a single scene/sequence* from The Truth Beneath or Missing and explain how Yŏnhong, Chisŏn, and/or* Hanmae speak to (i.e., conform, confound, challenge, manage, reify, subvert, etc.) Mulvey’s “gaze,” Butler’s “gender,” Brown’s “governmentality,” and/or Jane M. Ussher’s “monstrous abject.” That is, how does seeing The Truth Beneath or Missing through the notion of “sight, visibility, power, and pleasure,” “gender as performative acts,” “neoliberal conduct,” and/or the “abject female” allow you to problematize the gendered representation of the female protagonist(s) in the film? What do these concepts/ideas help illuminate about the specific character(s) and the film as a whole?
this means you may consider
one or a combination of these characters/concepts/ideas
to learn the difference between a scene and sequence go to: