At Home in the World: Transnational Women's Cinema|
Fall 2019 not offered
What does women's cinema signify? Is it cinema created exclusively by women, for women? Is it cinema that puts women at its center? Do these narratives privilege one type of woman over another? How do we understand and investigate these questions within non-Western and global contexts?
This course delves into the multiple subjectivities, sociocultural geographies, media practices, and politics that are folded into the category called "women's cinema." Beginning with an exploration of the 1970s "cine-feminism" that focused on women's filmmaking and political activism, we will expand our discussion to transnational contexts and explore how feminist politics advocated by female and male filmmakers influence an understanding of women-oriented issues, forms, and values in circulation. We will examine women's films produced within national and transnational geo-cultural spaces and pose questions about national, exilic, or postcolonial auteur subjectivities. We will analyze the films' aesthetics, institutional contexts, and global circulations and situate them within the frameworks of feminist theory, authorship, postcolonial studies and transnational feminist scholarship. We will study women's cinema from South Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. The course screenings will include films such as "Fire," "Water," "Like Water for Chocolate," "Bhaji on the Beach," and "Silent Waters/Khamosh Pani."
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Butler, Alison. Women┐s Cinema: The Contested Screen. London: Wallflower, 2002.
Kaplan, E. Ann, ed. Feminism and Film. London: Oxford University Press, 2000.
White, Patricia. Women's Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1) Screening Blogs
2) Paper proposal (5-7 pages)
3) Final Paper - (12-15 pages)
4) Final Class presentations
5) Class Participation/In-class exercises
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