American Film and Hollywood (USSC6919)


This unit explores the relationship between 'American cinema' and Hollywood cinema. 'American cinema' draws inspiration from and attempts to contribute to cultural movements and contexts that include Hollywood but extend to literature and the visual arts more generally. Hollywood's power as a cultural sign will be examined in relation to alternative and independent film cultures. This will include not only analysis of feature films but also of writings by filmmakers and theorists. Questions of cinematic subjectivity and authorship will be a focus of the unit.

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1x4-hr class/week


1x1500wd critical analysis/evaluation (30%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), seminar participation (20%)

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