ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Section: 002 Paranoia and the American Film
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is behind the resurgence of conspiracy in contemporary film and TV shows such as Homeland? What can paranoid films tell us about the politics of a nation at war with terror, or worried about an enemy infiltrating our borders — an enemy that often looks exactly like us? Is this a new phenomenon, or is paranoid thinking "as American as apple pie," as one political historian writes? In this intensive first-year seminar, we'll watch films noir, conspiracy films, contemporary remakes, and surveillance art; we'll also learn how to talk and write about film critically.

Films may include: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); The President's Analyst (1967); Chinatown (1974); The Conversation (1978); JFK (1991); The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2002); Homeland (2011)

Texts may include: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 42; Emily Apter, On Oneworldedness: or Paranoia as a World System; Wendy Chun,Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics; Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison; Mark Fenster, Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture; Frederic Jameson, The Geopolitical Aesthetic

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
17545
Closed
0
2Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
17548
Closed
0
1Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Note:
Feel free to buy any edition of "A Short Guide to Writing about Film" as long as it is at least the 5th edition.
ISBN: 1844572781
Invasion of the body snatchers, Author: Grant, Barry Keith, 1947-, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2010
Required
ISBN: 0205236391
A short guide to writing about film, Author: Timothy Corrigan., Publisher: Pearson 8th ed.
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 006091307X
The crying of lot 49, Author: Thomas Pynchon., Publisher: Perennial Library 1st Perenn 1986
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0816654948
Conspiracy theories : secrecy and power in American culture, Author: Mark Fenster., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press Rev. and u 2008
Required
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