AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 005 - Screening Jewish Cultures
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, HU
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course explores the diversity of Jewish societies through a range of American, French, German and Israeli films, spanning the history of cinematic production. We begin with American immigrant cinema and consider how Jews negotiated the categories of race and ethnicity in films such as The Jazz Singer, Annie Hall, and A Serious Man. Turning to Nazi cinema and post-Holocaust films produced in Germany, France, the U.S., and Israel, we interrogate the use of the medium for propaganda, documentation, and witnessing. The course also introduces students to Israel as an immigrant society and to the cinematic representation of Jewish and Arab minority groups. Throughout the course, we reflect on casting choices, language use and subtitling, cross-dressing, and genre choices, as these affect the cinematic construction of Jewishness in relationship to other social groups.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance of lectures and weekly film screenings (lab). Writing assignments include: weekly film journals; two short take-home assignments; and a final comparative essay. The course is open to students with or without a background in film analysis.

Class Format:

Bi-weekly lectures and a weekly film screening. Most films screenings will last 90-120 minutes, with a few exceptions for Holocaust films. There is an option to screen at home for students who need accommodations or have serious conflicts; instructor approval required.

Schedule

AMCULT 204 - Themes in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
29111
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: 001: Early American Cultural History
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27291
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Authenticity and Representation
003 (LEC)
 In Person
29112
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 003: Stereotypes in American Culture
004 (LEC)
 In Person
30655
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: 004: Games, Narratives, Cultures
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30671
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 005: Screen Jewish Cultures Lecture
006 (LAB)
 In Person
30973
Open
2
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: 006: Screening Jewish Cultures Lab
008 (LEC)
 In Person
25890
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
009 (LEC)
  Hybrid
27771
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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