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The Senses and the Subject in Cinema and Poetry
ENGL 310
Spring 2019 not offered

In this course, we will study a mixture of emotionally stimulating and taxing cinema and lyric poetry to intensify our capacity to articulate a notion of the senses, which presumes some notion of the subject. The cinema and poetry selected invoke several national traditions and political events that will pressure our thinking of individual sense experience and how it reaches toward others to fight the effacement of the human subject. While these two art forms might seem like strange neighbors, we will think of cinema and lyric poetry as "repositor[ies] of synesthesia" wherein one feeling can dub into another--an image stimulating an effect on hearing, for example--in measured intervals of time that are generative of images.

The films and poetry selected will carry students into cuts of Sweden, Germany, Spain, Mexico, France, United States, Senegal, Mali, and Japan at distinctly urgent moments in the 20th and early 21st centuries. The threads that will sew the course's images together and bind them to the human subject and senses are the death of God, displacement, migration, fascism, colonialism, globalization, and, of course, love.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CSCT)(ENGL)

Last Updated on JUN-13-2024
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