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LITERATURE

LIT-346
Topics in Film (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include film and literature, national cinema, film genres, major filmmakers, and independent filmmakers. Usually offered every year.

LIT-346
001
LITERATURE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Film (3)

Cinematic Slums

This course studies the range of cinematic depictions of urban poverty and slum settings in genres ranging from documentary to the musical, from Hollywood to Bollywood, and from the silent era to the present day. Questions such as how movies represent poverty and the urban poor; how these representations vary according to genre, national cinema, and time period; what is at stake in these images, how do they participate in a broader cinematic vision of the city, and how they reflect and affect broader social attitudes towards poverty and slums are addressed. The course includes discussion and analysis of weekly film screenings, as well as critical essays devoted to specific films and related topics and issues.

LIT-346
002
LITERATURE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Film (3)

Israeli Identities through Film

This course provides a broad overview of Israeli cinema, taking as its focus the various ways through which the filmic medium has portrayed Israel's complex matrix of social identities. Oscillating between considerations of social history and film aesthetics, the course addresses the major factors shaping Israeli identity: war and the demands of battlefield heroism; the trauma of the Holocaust; the Mizrahi-Ashkenazi ethnic divide; the Ethiopian and Russian immigration experience; the challenge of Judaism to Israeli secularity; engagements with the Palestinian Other; gender politics; heteronormativity, queer culture, and the threat of "pink washing"; kibbutz life and the decline of collectivism; and the effects of globalization on local social practices. Through these discussions, students gain a more comprehensive perspective on Israeli society than is usually offered in mainstream American media, as well as acquire intimate familiarity with certain milestones of Israeli filmmaking, most of which have rarely been screened outside of Israel's national borders. Meets with SOCY-396 004.

LIT-346
001
LITERATURE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Film (3)

Film Noir, the Cold War, and the Hollywood Blacklist

This course examines film noir in relation to the history and the political movements that shaped American life in the forties and fifties, in particular the American Left and the anticommunist crusades that it inspired at the start of the Cold War. The course then considers how these issues developed during the decades that have followed, as the New Left emerged in the sixties, and concludes by considering what noir has to say about the politics of the present--or vice-versa. Central to the course is the history of the Hollywood blacklist, which had a major impact on many of the directors and stars associated with film noir, and to which many noirs respond either directly or indirectly.