Melodrama and the Woman's Picture|
Within film history and criticism, the usage of the term "melodrama" has changed over time, as has the presumed audience for the genre. This course will investigate the various ways in which melodrama and the woman's picture have been understood, beginning in Hollywood during the silent period; ranging through the '30s, '40s, and '50s; and culminating in contemporary world cinema. We will pay particular attention to the issues of narrative construction and visual style as they illuminate or complicate different analytical approaches to melodrama. Screenings include films directed by D. W. Griffith, Evgenii Bauer, John Stahl, Frank Borzage, King Vidor, Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Max Ophuls, Nicholas Ray, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lars von Trier, and Luca Guadagnino, among others.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (FILM304 AND FILM307)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Christine Gledhill, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Ben Singer, MELODRAMA AND MODERNITY
Ben Brewster and Lea Jacobs, THEATRE TO CINEMA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Take home exam (9-12 pg.), group presentation, and analytical paper (10-12 pg.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisites: FILM304 and FILM307
Attendance required. Students interested in the course should contact the professor ASAP during browsing period or earlier. Prerequisites will not be waived. POI to the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Dombrowski,Lisa A. Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-04:40PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 19
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|