AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Religion and American Movies
Term: WN 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores (mostly) American feature films as religious texts or as texts about religion. We engage a variety of film genres and religious themes. Some movies deal directly with canonical religious material like the "Ten Commandments," others with archetypal stories, or with attempts to wrest meaning from intractable existential conditions. Who are human beings? What is required of us? How are some of us strangers on earth by choice or vocation? Does the 'End of Days' cast a shadow? The power of film to manifest religious concepts and experiences both tempts and unnerves religious leaders. In a multi-ethnic country awkwardly committed to religious openness, movie culture often serves as a forum of encounter. In addition to reading assignments, students will need to view at least one movie every week. With luck we will see: The Sweet Hereafter, The Ten Commandments (1923), The Jazz Singer, Hallelujah!, Night of the Hunter, Forbidden Games, Elmer Gantry, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Crucible, They Live, Left Behind — Tribulation Force, Blade Runner, Artificial Intelligence, Daughters of the Dust, To Sleep With Anger, Smoke. As counterpoint, excerpts from other films will be shown during class time.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
28229
Open
37
 
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Tu 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Note: Section 001 is a 1.0 credit-hour mini course that meets 1/7/08 - 2/18/08.
002 (REC)
P
27116
Open
6
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
003 (REC)
P
28227
Open
11
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
004 (REC)
P
29687
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (REC)
P
29974
Open
3
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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