College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 472: Topics in Film/Media Theory

ENGH 472-001: Crossing Borders
(Spring 2014)

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..


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Advanced studies of theories about various aspects of production, distribution, and reception of film-mediated experiences. Topics may include theories of spectator, semiotics, feminist film theory, theories of narrativity, structuralist film theory, or deconstruction. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 332/ENGH 372 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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