Chicana/o Film and Video
Cross-listed as LATS203 / ARTH203 / AMST205 / WGSS203
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.
The Class: Type: 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
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST, LATS or WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; ARTH post-1600 Courses; FMST Core Courses; GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives; LATS Core Electives