Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
At the broadest level, we're interested in the 1970s because it is a critical moment for thinking about the relationship between politics and aesthetics. We investigate the matrix that connects the political movements of the late 60s and early 70s (Black Power, Student, Feminism, Labor, Anti-War, and Anti-colonial struggles) with the films and audio-visual culture (documentary and fiction as well as still photography and television) that brought politics to publics. This means we will take up films from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas and read historical and theoretical material both of the period and about the period. There will be some film theory, some history, some political manifestos, maybe even some poetry and some fiction. Be prepared to share your interests.
This course will primarily use e-reserves for articles in pdf form.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
This course requires regular attendance and a committed reading and screening practice. Assignments may include a class presentation and an article-length scholarly essay.