04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T
Enterprise Hall 275
Section Information for Spring 2014
This course examines globalization, migration, and transgression in cinema through a variety of theoretical approaches in film studies. We will look at movies featuring characters who cross borders physically and metaphorically (traversing national borders as well as defying gender, class, and ethnic boundaries) and the violence with which both sets of borders are defended. The course will include films that represent bodies that circulate acorss borders involuntarily--through deportation, kidnapping, enslavement, and human trafficking--the spaces that restrict those bodies (prisons, detention centers, homes), and the ways wuch bodies are figured as threats to national, racial, and financial security. Finally, we consider the border-crossing tendencies of cinema itself, looking at questions of transnational production, genre-mixing, and international distribution. Screenings include; 12 Years a Slave, Paris is Burning, Dirty Pretty Things, Even the Rain, the Whistleblower, Sin Nombre, and Ramchand Pakistani.
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in cultural studies..