Melodrama and the Woman's Picture|
Within film 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 Hollywood melodrama and its audience have been understood, beginning in the silent period, ranging through the woman's picture of the '30s and '40s to domestic melodramas of the '50s, culminating in contemporary cinema. We will pay particular attention to the problems of narrative construction and visual style as they relate to different definitions of 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 Todd Haynes.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM310
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(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
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A take home exam, a group presentation, and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisite: FILM304 AND FILM310.
Students interested in enrolling in this course should submit an electronic POI to the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Dombrowski,Lisa A. Times: .M.W... 07:00PM-10:20PM; Location: CFS190; |
|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.|
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