ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 201 The Anthropology of Hollywood
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Using the seminal work of anthropologist Hortense Powdermaker as a centerpiece, this course will examine Hollywood and fame from the 1950s until today. Combining literature from anthropology and interdisciplinary ethnography, film theory, media studies, philosophy, sociology, gender studies, and popular media, this course will thoroughly examine the historical and contemporary role of Hollywood in American culture. Central topics include Hollywood’s effect on ideas about race, gender, body image, sexuality, (imagined) communities, fame (and desire for fame), and celebrity in the U.S. To expand the regional scope, we will also examine international hubs of film and celebrity culture, such as Bollywood. Students of all majors are encouraged to enroll, but a background in Anthropology, American Culture, or Communications will be helpful. Student grades will be evaluated based on

  1. attendance and participation,
  2. class presentations,
  3. short assignments, and
  4. a final paper (including a prospectus and rough draft).

All texts will be available on CTools and will also be on reserve at Shapiro Library. While there will be some lecture, the course will mostly function as a discussion-based seminar.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
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201 (LEC)
WF 10:00AM - 1:00PM
202 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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