AMCULT 235 - From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the ways in which Arabs and the Middle East have been represented in Hollywood Cinema. Through an examination of Hollywood films over the last century, such as "The Sheik" (1921), "The Ten Commandments" (1956), and "The Siege" (1998), a shift in stereotypes is traced from the rich Arab sheik with harems of women to the Arab terrorist. Through this process, the course examines the connection between representations and the historical-political moment in which they are created and disseminated, from European colonization of the Arab world to 9/11. How have international relations, political events, and foreign policy influenced representations in Hollywood filmmaking? How do representations in film and media become part of American culture? Through examining these questions, we will develop an analysis of the changing landscape of race, gender, and American identity in film. We will also examine the counter-current of filmmaking and other genres, such as independent low budget films and stand-up comedy. A weekly film screening is required on Mondays 7-10pm. Discussion section is also required. Other requirements include weekly film notes and a weekly discussion question; two exams; and a creative final project.

AMCULT 235 - From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Students will be auto-enrolled in section 001 when they elect a discussion section (sections 003-004).
002 (LAB)
M 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Note: Students will be auto-enrolled in section 002 when they elect a discussion section (sections 003-004). Section 002 is for film screenings.
003 (DIS)
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Excel - 1117 S University Ave
Required coursepack will be available on ctools and also available for purchase.
ISBN: 9780520244993
Epic encounters : culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East since 1945, Author: McAlister, Melani, 1962-, Publisher: University of California Press 2005
ISBN: 9781566563888
Reel bad Arabs : how Hollywood vilifies a people, Author: Shaheen, Jack G., 1935-, Publisher: Olive Branch Press 2001
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