Sample Syllabus- Narrative in the Golden Age of Video Games

Week One: Intro to Narrative Studies


Week Two: Narrative and Video Games


Week Three: Video Game Analysis


Week Four: Visual Novels


Week Five: World Building


Week Six: Player Agency


Week Seven: Perspective


Week Eight: Book to Video Game Adaptations


Week Nine: Integrating Virtual/Reality


Week Ten: Can Video Games Be Literature?

From Femme Fatale to Final Girl: Feminist Theory and the Horror Genre

Please offer any insights or suggestions–I definitely need to reread some of these works 😐 there may be far better film examples to use too… especially since Get Out isn’t even screening yet >.<

From Femme Fatale to Final Girl: Feminist Theory and the Horror Genre

Amanda Martin Sandino, PhC, MFA



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Grade breakdown and assignments…


Required Texts:

  • The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Ed. Barry Keith Grant. 2nd ISBN-10: 0292772459


Course Schedule:

Week One: Intro to Feminist Film Theory

  • Film: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
  • Readings:
    • Hollinger, Karen, “What is Feminist Film Studies?”

 Week Two: The Oppositional Gaze: Whose Horror is This?

  • Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
  • Readings:
    • hooks, bell, “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators”
    • Williams, Linda, “When the Woman Looks” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference

 Week Three: The Madonna-Whore Dynamic and the Final Girl

 Week Four: The Monstrous Feminine

Week Five: Birthing the Devil: Mystical and Monstrous Pregnancies

  • Film: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Readings:
    • Feminist Frequency, “#5: The Mystical Pregnancy (Tropes vs. Women)”;
    • Creed, Barbara, “Woman as Monstrous Womb: The Brood
    • Fischer, Lucy, “Birth Traumas: Parturition and Horror in Rosemary’s Baby,” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference

Week Six: Bad Mamas

Week Seven: Transphobia and Monstrous Gender

  • Film: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Readings:
    • Benshoff, Harry M., “The Monster and the Homosexual,” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference
    • Stahl, Lynne, “Assuming Identities: Gender, Sexuality, and Performativity in The Silence of the Lambs

Week Eight: The First to Die: Race and Victimhood

 Week Nine: Mad Women: Disability, Sex, and the Horror Genre

  • Film: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
  • Readings:
    • Sutton, Travis, “Avenging the Body: Disability in the Horror Film”
    • Brooks, Jodi, “Fascination and the Grotesque: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Week Ten: Reflections: So, Whose Horror is This Anyway?


For the next few weeks, I’ll be trying to post one syllabus a week to try and really make some of my course ideas or angles on current/popular courses more concrete. I’m excited to receive some feedback on these ideas, so please post texts, concepts, and other ideas that you feel will contribute.

Some of my current course ideas include:

  • Digital Story Telling: Blurring the Line Between Game and Book
  • Intertextuality 101: Conversations Between Materials
  • From Femme Fatale to Final Girl: Feminist Theory and the Horror Genre
  • Rethinking Social Movements: Erasure and Narratives of Resistance

I will start with these and then try to think about how I might expand my teaching ideas for other popular courses. Wish me luck!