04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T
Thompson Hall 1017
Section Information for Fall 2018
John Oliver once referred to the British Museum as “a living crime scene,” pointing out the vital link between culture and colonial power. This course explores that connection through global film and visual culture. We will take a close look at movies and other forms of visual culture that deal with colonialism and resistance to it, postcolonial nationalism, and neocolonial domination. The course will consider the global impact of colonialism on ideas of history, geography, and identity as well as the ways that anti/postcolonial nationalisms both challenge and repeat colonial power structures. Central questions will address: the intersection of gender, sexuality, and nationalism; the importance of subversion, laughter, and improvisation for resistance to colonial and neocolonial domination; diaspora and migration; insurgency, national security, and human rights; the political uses of history; the relationship between memory and geography; and the persistence of colonialist ideas in contemporary media.
Screenings include: Jodhaa Akbar, Apocalypse Now, Even the Rain, Zama, Whale Rider, Smoke Signals, Breakfast on Pluto, Xala, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Daughters of the Dust, Timbuktu, and Water.
If you have questions about the course, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.