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Fall 2013-2014
AAS 324 / ENG 383 / GSS 324 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Race, Sex, and the Marriage Plot in American Film Comedies

Anne Cheng

This course examines how comedy in American cinema has been enlisted to stage race, sexuality, and their conjunctions in twentieth-century America. Taking the marriage plot as the communal narrative through which sexual, racial, and national tensions negotiate their conflicts, this course analyzes films made by, and sometimes about, Jewish Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as movies from mainstream Hollywood that do not, on first sight, seem to thematize race but in fact are struggling with the racial and sexual troubles haunting the formation of the nation.

Sample reading list:
Howard Hawkes (director), It Is Girl Friday (film)
Billy Wilder (director), Some Like It Hot (film)
Woody Allen (director), Zelig (film)
Spike Lee (director), Bamboozled (film)
Martin Brast (director), Beverly Hills Cops (film)
Ang Lee (director), Wedding Banquet (film)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
2+ hours of film screening plus critical essays (50 - 70 pps) per week.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20471 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Frist Campus Center   302   Enrolled:80 Limit:
P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:15 Limit:14
P02 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:8 Limit:14
24005 P04 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
P06 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:8 Limit:14
P07 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:11 Limit:14
P08 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:13 Limit:14