Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Women Directors: The Anatomy of a Film
Does the anatomy of the body behind the camera matter? How do women make films and produce artistic visions that are different from those of men? from those of other women? In this course we come to understand how and why gender is a useful category for thinking through film history and theory. To that end, we will study the history of women’s participation inside the motion picture industry, primarily as directors. We will consider topics such as auteur theory, film form and genre, representation, and theories of reception and spectatorship. We will remain attentive to the ways that race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity intersect with gender through all of these categories of analysis. Along the way, we will take up filmmakers from around the globe, including: early cinema pioneers, such as Esfir Shub, Alice Guy Blaché, and Lois Weber; Hollywood success stories, such as Amy Heckerling, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sofia Coppola; American independents, Cheryl Dunye, Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay; European mavericks Agnes Varda, Chantal Ackerman, Claire Denis, and Catherine Breillat; Argentinian auteur Lucretia Martel; Iranian powerhouses Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Samira Makhmalbaf; and many others. Our films will include narrative features, experimental shorts, animation, and documentaries.
Course requirements include weekly screenings and readings, regular class participation, several writing assignments, and a final project.
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