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Fall 2017-2018
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American Cinema

Diana J. Fuss

This film genre course addresses the cultural heritage of our national cinema. How has cinema shaped American culture, and how has American culture shaped cinema? We will focus on iconic figures in American film: robbers, tycoons, immigrants, cowboys, gangsters, detectives, lovers, monsters, cyborgs, survivors. Each week will pair an early film with a later one to trace a given genre's evolution; for example, the week on westerns might pair John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956) with Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). The course studies commercial Hollywood films that serve as important barometers of their times.

Sample reading list:
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
Michael Curtiz, Casablanca
Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo
Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather
Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
James Cameron, Titanic
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the films, students will read Ed Sikov's book "Film Studies: An Introduction" as a guide.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Department Distribution: Theory and Criticism/Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21053 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   50   Enrolled:397 Limit:420
23343 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23537 P01A 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23344 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23538 P02A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23539 P02B 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23346 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23376 P03A 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23347 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23348 P04A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23349 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23350 P06 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23351 P06A 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23405 P07 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23353 P08 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23354 P08A 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23355 P09 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23356 P09A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23357 P10 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23358 P10A 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23359 P11 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23360 P11A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23361 P12 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23362 P13 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23363 P13A 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23540 P13B 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23364 P14 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23365 P14A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23541 P14B 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23366 P15 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23368 P16 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23412 P17 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
23960 P18 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th        Enrolled:9 Limit:13
21054 P99 TBA        Enrolled:2 Limit: