Western Movies: Myth, Ideology, and Genre|
Spring 2010 not offered
AMST 235, ENGL 239|
Western movies form the oldest of American film genre. They have also been the most important modern vehicles for one of the oldest and most significant of American cultural myths--the myth of the frontier. The course surveys the development of the Western film genre and sets it in historical and cultural context. In addition to viewing 20 or more feature films, we will study some of the precinematic sources of Western themes and images (novels, paintings). There will also be readings in the history of movies, critical and cultural theory, and political history.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Slotkin, GUNFIGHTER NATION
Rowlandson, "Captivity Narrative"
Cooper, LAST OF THE MOHICANS
Wister, THE VIRGINIAN
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There will be a mid-term exam, and a take-home final or assigned essay question.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Since the substance of the classwork involves film-viewing, students cannot successfully complete the course if they miss more than four showings. Attendance will be taken; students who miss four classes will have their grades reduced, one level (e.g., from B+ to B) for each additional missed class. There is a course fee of $60.00, to cover film rentals and projection costs. This course is one of several that may be used to gain entry into further work in film studies. (A mark of B+ or better in any course used to enter the film major is required.)
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