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
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

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
ISBN: 0205236391
A short guide to writing about film, Author: Timothy Corrigan., Publisher: Pearson 8th ed.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 006091307X
The crying of lot 49, Author: Thomas Pynchon., Publisher: Perennial Library 1st Perenn 1986
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
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