College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 362: Global Voices

ENGH 362-001: Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights
(Fall 2014)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Innovation Hall 207

Section Information for Fall 2014

This course will look at representations of violence, protest, and questions of human rights in the international film, paying particular attention to how space is 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, guerilla 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 representations of state violence, we will address constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality, and how these constructions work in relation to discourses of security and crisis.  Screenings include (among others): Madame Sata (Brazil), The Missing Picture (Cambodia), Firaaq (India), The Magdalene Sisters (Ireland), Twelve Years a Slave (US), The Terrorist (Sri Lanka), Pan's Labyrinth (Spain), Bamako (Mali), and Clandestinos (Cuba). (Note: countries in parentheses refer to the firm's setting)

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies two cultures other than contemporary British or American culture through exploration of several textual forms such as written literature, oral literature, film, folklore, or popular culture. Specific cultures vary, but at least one is non- Western. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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