American Indians and the Cinema|
From the moment film emerged as a new medium at the turn of the nineteenth century, American Indian people participated in its creation and consumption, as actors, directors, writers and viewers. From the beginning, they left their own impression on the industry. This seminar explores the roles American Indian people have played in passively and actively shaping American film from the earliest silent Westerns to films that emerge from the experiences of Native communities today. We also examine how the representation of American Indian people in films has changed as the sociopolitical environment of the United States shifted, and how this representation has shaped and been shaped by the changing way America understands its own identity and place in the world.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, CELLULOID INDIANS: NATIVE AMERICANS AND FILM; Beverly Singer, WIPING THE WAR PAINT OFF THE LENS: NATIVE AMERICAN FILM AND VIDEO; Bunny McBride, MOLLY SPOTTED ELK; selected articles (course packet); and the following films: NANOOK OF THE NORTH, THE SILENT ENEMY, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK, THE SEARCHERS, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, DEAN MAN, POW-WOW HIGHWAY, SMOKE SIGNALS, and THE FAST RUNNER.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three response papers (4 to 5 pages), final essay (15 to 20 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Because the films as texts are essential to this course, students will be required to view all films. Films will be shown on Monday and discussed on Wednesday.
|Instructor(s): Berndt,Christina Gish Times: .M.W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
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