WGSS 341
Cinematic Representations of Work and Migration after the Wall Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 302 / WGSS 341 / COMP 341
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The increased flow of migrants from East to West and from South to North into the center of Europe and the simultaneous tightening of restrictions against illegal migration have brought to the forefront issues of labour, gender, and precarity, citizenship and cultural belonging. We will analyze feature films and documentaries that trace the changing face of work and migration, with an emphasis on flows from countries the former east bloc and Africa to Europe. We will discuss negative effects of globalized capitalism, such as the monetization of feeling and personal relations (Harvey), the concept of intensification and the disembodied state (Nealon and Foucault), but also ask what new opportunities might arise, and for which groups. We will study the depiction of manual labour, illegal migration, women as caregivers, Internet marriage, sex work, and the migrant as a raced and othered body. Theory by Dina Iordanova and William Brown, Ewa Mazierska, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, Jeffrey Nealon, Lara √Āgustin, Angela Melitopoulos, Lauren Berlant and Mieke Bal. Films will likely include: Illegal, Working Man’s Death, NordSud.com, Lichter (Lights), Code Unknown, The Flower Bridge, Occident, Since Otar Left, Losers and Winners, Whore’s Glory, Le Havre and Time Out.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1354
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two short papers, an oral presentation, and a final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 200-level English or Comparative Literature course, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: COMP majors and WGSS majors
Unit Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 302 Division I WGSS 341 Division I COMP 341 Division I

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