The Senses and the Subject in Cinema and Poetry|
AMST 304, FGSS 310|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Queer Studies|
In this course, we will study a mixture of emotionally stimulating and structurally difficult cinema and lyric poetry to intensify our capacity to articulate a notion of the senses. Do the senses presume the subject? How do poetry and cinema imagine, racialize, gender, and play with the relation of the senses to the subject? While these two art forms might seem like strange neighbors, this course specifically imagines cinema and lyric poetry as "repositor[ies] of synesthesia" wherein feelings move fugitively, where one sense dubs into and disturbs the imagined discrete domain of the other in measured intervals of time that are generative of sounds, images, and of that which overflows the visual.
The films and poetry selected may carry students into cuts of the Caribbean, the black Atlantic, France, Sweden, Mexico, the U.S., Senegal, Mali, and Spain at distinctly urgent moments in the mid-20th to early 21st century. The threads that will sew the course's images together and bind them to the human subject and senses are the celestial and terrestrial, creation, decomposition, displacement, migration, fascism, colonialism, globalization, and love.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
May include films by: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Chantal Ackerman, Ingmar Bergman, Alejandro González Iñarritú, Haile Gerima, Ousmane Sembene, Sara Gómez, Agnès Varda, Abderrahmane Sissako, Charles Burnett, Michael Haneke, Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, Isaac Julien, Manthia Diawara, Jean Rouch, Maya Deren, John Akomfrah, Marlon Riggs, Nicolás Guillén Landrián. We will read select lyric poems and essays by Robert Hayden, Ana Castillo, Tracy K. Smith, Tomas Tranströmer, Eduardo Corral, Frantz Fanon, José Lezama Lima, and Dionne Brand. Readings by: Susan Stewart, Eduardo Corral, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dionne Brand, and Judith Butler.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A couple short papers, a research paper, attendance of select film and performance events outside of class (TBD), and a performance- or multi-media-based project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirements and contributes to the Race & Ethnicity and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Ellis Neyra,Ren Times: .M..... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 4||SO: 2||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 8||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 2||3rd Ranked: 1||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 4|