Section Information for Fall 2013
While questions of “national security” have risen to the forefront of popular culture in recent years, the fear of threats to an imagined homeland is hardly new. This course will take an in-depth look at films that engage with questions of domestic security, understanding “domestic” to refer to both the nation and the home. Studying films from a variety of national contexts, we will address issues of “family values,” epidemics, states of emergency, revolutions, and catastrophe. The course will pay close attention to the representation of surveillance, incarceration, and violence, and we will examine cinema’s contribution and resistance to a sense of national crisis and the construction of specific populations as threatening. Screenings include: Django Unchained (US), The Lives of Others (Germany), Hunger (Ireland), The Host (Korea), This is Not a Film (Iran), Rendition (US), and more . . .
Satisfies the English BA core requirement in minority, folkloric, or popular literary and cultural traditions.
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in world literature..