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Black Cinema in the US: Visual Aesthetics and Radical Possibilities
FILM 396
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 395

What is Black Cinema? Is it, as Tommy Lott has claimed, a critical intervention that resists the "Hollywood master narrative"? Or, as Michael Gillespie asserts, does it enact, perform, and modulate the visual possibilities of Blackness in ways that exceed any representational commitment to an authentic "Black lifeworld"? This class does not aspire toward answering these questions; rather, it turns the prism of the discourse surrounding Blackness and cinematic visuality onto the stakes, aesthetics, and radical imagination of what we will encounter as Black Cinema. This class explores Black Cinema in the United States, examining the works of filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux, Melvin Van Peebles, Julie Dash, Bill Gunn, Kathleen Collins, Boots Riley, Terrance Nance, and more.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM304 OR FILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on MAR-04-2024
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