WOMENSTD 235 - From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include weekly film notes and a weekly discussion question; two exams; and a creative final project.

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Class Format:

Watching a film each week is required. This can be done at the weekly film screening Mondays 6-9pm, or you can arrange to view the films on your own through Netflix or other means (some will be available on the course Canvas site). Students who choose to watch the film on their own are still required to attend the two final film screening sessions of the semester for a special event and for final project presentations. Discussion section is required.

WOMENSTD 235 - From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LAB)
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Course canvas site
ISBN: 0520244990
Epic encounters : culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East since 1945, Author: McAlister, Melani., Publisher: University of California Press 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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Reel bad Arabs : how Hollywood vilifies a people, Publisher: [Multimedia Collections & Services, University at Buffalo Libraries] 2012
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