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HIST 380: Uncovering the US. Past Through Film.

HIST 380-001: Uncovering the U.S. Past through Film
(Fall 2015)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 212

Section Information for Fall 2015

We tend to think of Hollywood film as an escape from reality, as an arena altogether separate from the social world we inhabit.  But as this class will reveal, Hollywood films are rich historical sources, offering a window onto the social, political, cultural and economic landscapes of their historical moment.  By analyzing films—which might include The Jazz Singer (Crosland, 1927), Imitation of Life (John Stahl, 1934), Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946), The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962), and Independence Day  (Roland Emmerich, 1996)—alongside other historical documents, this class will explore the ways in which film participated in, and managed national anxieties about, gender roles, race and ethnicity, and national security.  The screening of films will be accompanied by more traditional written primary and secondary sources.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines Hollywood films as historical sources that reveal the social, political, cultural and economic landscapes of their historical moment. Explores the ways films participate in pressing national debates over gender, race and ethnicity , and national security. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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