Courses in American Culture (Division 315)

Unless otherwise stated, the permission required for the repetition for credit of specifically designated courses is that of the student's concentration or BGS advisor.

204(203). Themes in American Culture. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.
Section 201 The Hollywood Renaissance: American Cinema, 1967-1977.
During the mid-1960s, there was a major shift in the American film industry, the films it produced, and the audiences who went to the movies. This was also a period of social upheaval and a new dominance of youth culture characterized by rock 'n roll, student protests, hippie counter-culture, and sexual revolution which grew out of the national experiences of the Civil Rights Movement, the baby boom, the Kennedy administration, Vietnam War, Women's Liberation, Gay Pride Movement, and Watergate. This course combines a close study of historical events with close analysis of key movies produced during that period. Themes: violence in cinema, visions of nation, freedom and oppression, alienation and community, rebellion and authority, masculine identity. Movies: Bonnie & Clyde, Easy Rider, Dirty Harry, Taxi Driver, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Super Fly, Klute, Medium Cool, Cabaret, Saturday Night Fever, and more. Five dollar lab fee. Cost:2 WL:1 (Brent)

240/WS 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. Open to all undergraduates. (3). (HU). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).

See Women's Studies 240.

311. Topics in Ethnic Studies. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor.
Section 201 The Arts of Mexico.
For Summer Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with History of Art 394.201. (Black)

351. Race and American Cinema. (4). (HU).
Section 201 Don't Believe the Hype: Chicanos, Stereotypes, Resistance, and Identity in American Films.
Movies occupy a mythic space in the American public consciousness. Often relating an epic adventure, historic event, or a simple love tale, movies are seen as a vehicle to escape the conundrum of everyday life. Yet, movies have an impact beyond fiction and imaginary escape. Reflecting differing social relationships, assumptions, and attitudes, movies serve as a window into understanding the dynamics of a changing American society. By focusing on the multiple roles and perceptions of Chicanos/as in films such as Zorro, The Alamo, The Three Caballeros, The Salt of the Earth, Yo Soy Joaquin, Chicana, Mi Vida Loca, El Mariachi, and La Bamba, this course seeks to unravel biases, assumptions, and stereotypes of minorities in American film while also pointing to the medium as a battleground of resistance and cultural affirmation. Through moving beyond the "hype" of American films in different historical epochs, we may better understand the fluid, often competing nature of American values and life. (Romero, Smith)


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