CAAS 340 - A History of Blacks in American Film
Section: 001 By Any Means Necessary: Studying Spike Lee's Films
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirement for English concentrators. .
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 201.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies). Sp.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will survey many of the feature films and documentaries of Spike Lee, and some of the scholarship and journalism these films – and the often-controversial Lee himself – have generated. We will begin with the 1986 release, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), which began what was called a black (American) film renaissance, and end with his compelling 2006 releases, the blockbuster Inside Man and the highly acclaimed HBO documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke. Our task will be to examine, among other topics, whether there are recurrent themes, points-of-view, attitudes, and stylistic flourishes that characterize what he calls a “Spike Lee Joint.” In addition, we’ll explore the variety of critical responses to U.S. films generally, and to Lee’s releases in particular (especially newspaper, internet, and magazine reviews and scholarly essays). Course requirements: 250 word weekly reactions to the films and reading; a brief (500 word) and longer (1000 word) “review” of one of Lee’s films; and a lengthy (3500 word) research analysis on some aspect of Lee’s oeuvre.

CAAS 340 - A History of Blacks in American Film
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001 (LEC)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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