04:30 PM to 07:10 PM MW
Section Information for Summer 2016
This course will look at representations of violence, protest, and questions of human rights in international film, paying particular attention to how space and time are contested, claimed, and imagined. Covering state and anti-state violence as well as non-violent resistance, we will consider the relationship between the cultural and political complexity of most conflicts on the one hand, and the narrative demands of commercial fiction film on the other. For example: What effect does the use of heroic and/or melodramatic frameworks have on a film’s portrayal of occupation, resistance, torture, terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and civil disobedience? What does it mean to consume narratives of trauma? How have filmmakers formulated alternative languages for telling traumatic stories? In studying such representations, we will address the role that space and violence play in constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality, and how these constructions work in relation to discourses of security and crisis.
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in literature.
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