ENGL 303
Visible Culture: Documentary and Nonfiction Spring 2010
Division I
Cross-listed ANTH 225 / ENGL 303
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This course examines the potential of moving images to reveal aspects of culture normally obscured by the written word. We will consider both the theory and practice of documentary film from its inception around 1900 to the present, paying particular attention to the way documentary filmmakers have approached the representation of social reality in Western and non-Western cultural settings. Questions that we will consider include: What is the relationship between written text and image, or between image and story? What is the role of film in anthropology? What counts as a document?
The Class: Format: team-taught, through a mixture of lectures and discussions
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3221
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance at film screenings and active class participation, a 5-page paper on an assigned topic, a 12- to 15-page final paper, and a self-scheduled take-home final
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology/Sociology majors, then to sophomores, and finally to first-year students
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 225 Division II ENGL 303 Division I

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