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Instructor Info:Ani Maitra
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TA Info:Amber Krasinski
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
06:00 PM - 09:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105

This is the second part of a year-long course in which we will continue to examine "world cinema" as a concept that is productive while studying film history but also one that needs to be critically examined. This course explores how cinema has been "global" from the very beginning, becoming a popular form of entertainment simultaneously in several countries, making worlds visible, and staging intercultural encounters. Simultaneously, it focuses on vibrant non-Western film traditions that are eclipsed by the global dominance of Hollywood but are, paradoxically, often called "world cinema." We will study key debates around national, post-colonial, and diasporic cinemas through a number of cultural and political contexts. We will also look at the interaction between and hybridization of Western and non-Western film cultures. Spring 2014 topics likely to include: Global Hollywood, Diasporic Cinema, Iranian Cinema, Israel/Palestine, Shanghai Modernism, Hong Kong Cinema, HK Auteurs in America, Contemporary Asian Art Cinema, Asian Extreme, and African Cinemas.

Course Objectives:
  1. To develop an understanding of key debates around the term “World Cinema” and associated terms like “Third World Cinema,” “Diasporic Cinema,” “Global Art Cinema” by moving beyond (but without ignoring the impact of) Hollywood and European cinemas.
  2. To develop a vocabulary for writing on cinema by paying attending to questions of form, spectatorship, industry, the nation-state, and transnational flows.
  3. To assess the impact of colonialism and post-colonialism on the form and content of non-Western cinemas and on the development of distinct film styles and genres.
Evaluation Criteria:

In-class participation, presentation, and brief written responses.

Mid-term paper (4-5 pages)

Final paper (8-10 pages)