FTVM 631 - Advanced Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media
Winter 2022, Section 001 - The Hidden Histories of Kitsch
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
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With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Description

By using  ‘Kitsch’ as an epithet for cultural products that “failed” to reach the heights of High Art, late 19th c. European art critics set Kitsch on a course it follows to this day.  Across high and low art worlds alike--from Jeffrey Koons to souvenir shops at the Mexican-US borderland, “kitsch” remains a potent aesthetic descriptor.  But it has never been just that.  Not only did it emerge during an era of western mass production, but took its name from Yiddish vernacular, and linked to abjection and failure. 

In this seminar we will explore the term’s activation and use across several historical, cultural, and political situations of the 20th century, from German fascism, post war art debates in North America, central European political critique during Soviet rule, camp studies, and queer theory.  Readings include works by M. Alvarez, H. Broch, M. Kundera, J. Morrison, C. Olalquiaga, E. Sedgwick, et al. with accompanying audio-visual texts most weeks.

Schedule

FTVM 631 - Advanced Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
34800
Open
7
 
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M 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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