WGSS 203 Chicana/o Film and Video (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as LATS203, ARTH203, AMST205
Hollywood cinema has long been fascinated with the border between the United States and Mexico. This course will examine representations of the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican Americans, and Chicana/os in both Hollywood film and independent media. We will consider how positions on nationalism, race, gender, identity, migration, and history are represented and negotiated through film. We will begin by analyzing Hollywood "border" and gang films before approaching Chicana/o-produced features, independent narratives, and experimental work. This course will explore issues of film and ideology, genre and representation, nationalist resistance and feminist critiques, queer theory and the performative aspects of identity.Through a focus on Chicana/o representation, the course explores a wide spectrum of film history (from the silent era to the present) and considers numerous genres. By introducing various interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical methods related to race, representation, and the media, the course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative's themes of critical theorization and power and privilege.
Class Format: film screenings will be scheduled as a lab
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on one short paper, mid-term exam, final exam and take home essays
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Prerequisites: none
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST, LATS or WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3447
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WGSS 203 LEC Chicana/o Film and Video (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative C. Ondine Chavoya
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