American Society and Culture in Film
Session
Mini Session
Class Number
1265
Career
Undergraduate
Units
3 units
Grading
Description
An analytical examination through a selection of important films dealing with a variety of central problems and issues in American society and culture, including social and cultural change, regional and ethnic variations, political ideology, gender differences, labor history and community continuity. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
Class Attributes
Arts and Humanities (GEP)
Arts and Humanities (GFR)
Notes
For more than thirty years, Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted provocative and humorous films that take on the complicated and serious themes of postmodernism (and post-postmodernism). While the Brothers are not religious, many of the brothers' stories and their characters are shaped by the Coen Brothers' Jewish heritage, so it's not surprising that elements of Jewish literature and Yiddish humor are sprinkled throughout their films. The course pays particular attention to the Coen Brothers' use of genre, specifically: film noir, screwball comedy, and westerns.The Coen Brothers' strategy will be examined through screenings of their films in the context of their genres, and ideas of irony and post-ironic culture. Blood Simple, Fargo, Burn After Reading, and of course The Big Lebowski, are just a few of the films students study.
Class Actions
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Staff
Meets
TBA
Dates
TBA
Room
TBA
Campus
Main Campus
Location
Univ of MD, Baltimore County
Components
Lecture Required
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
0
Seats Open
25
Combined Section Capacity
25
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
10
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