College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 470: RS: Topics in Film/Media History

ENGH 470-001: Homeland Insecurity
(Fall 2013)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Robinson B111

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..


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Advanced studies of development of film language, both as cultural practice and medium for formal innovation. Topics might include studies of national cinemas, historical periods, genres, or individual directors. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 332/ENGH 372 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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