Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In 2016, the hashtag #oscarssowhite began trending in social media in response to the Academy Awards nominations. It seems that every year the public is scandalized by the race and gender politics of Hollywood. And yet, the history of American cinema evidences a long trend of stereotyping and exclusion. How can we explain this? And how can we explain the publicâ€™s desire to see more equality in the movie industry? In this class, we explore the history of identity politics in mainstream American cinema. We will also explore ways that filmmakers, critics, and audiences have contested the Hollywood dream machine in independent and experimental films as well as in writing. Our readings will draw from popular non-fiction, critical race studies, feminist studies, and queer theory as well as film history.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1 oral presentation and 2 major writing assignments.