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Race and Film
AFAM 314
Fall 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 311

This course examines in depth the ways in which notions of race have been created, made standard, and expanded in mainstream pre-Hollywood and Hollywood movies. Our quest will begin with the year 1915 and proceed to the 1970s. We will examine films made in five different years, looking at a range of expressions of race, including the depictions of African Americans, American Indians, Anglo-Americans, and others, including Italians, Jews, the Irish, and Latin Americans from various countries. We will focus our inquiry on why certain stereotypes have remained so cherished and what they reveal about the identity of the United States. This course includes a mandatory weekly group movie screening.

Essential Capabilities:
Interpretation: Students will be analyzing nonverbal texts, linking them to cultural mores and academic critiques of American society.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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