WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2009-2010       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
Narrative and Ideology
COL 249
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 247

When ballads were very popular songs that told stories, Andrew Fletcher (1655-1716) underlined the importance of narrative: "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Nowadays, stories take various forms, among them film, and they circulate and are consumed in vast quantities. People make stories, and they, in turn, "make" people, helping to construct individual subjectivity and collective discourse. How do narratives function as the vehicles for overt and unacknowledged ideologies? How do stories change as they become such vehicles, and how do ideologies change when they are embedded in stories? This course pursues these questions through the reading of theory and the analysis of film. It combines short lectures (mainly in the first few weeks) with much discussion, with the aim of introducing students to recent and current concepts concerning the nature of, and the relationship between, narrative and ideology. Post-1980 American films we will watch together will serve as primary texts. Analysis of the films' narrative structures is an indispensable part of the course.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Speaking
Intensive discussion, oral presentation of arguments, and careful interpretation of texts, images and theoretical concepts will be emphasized.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(FILM-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JAN-20-2020
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459