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LATS 203
Chicana/o/x Film and Video Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 205 / WGSS 203 / LATS 203 / ARTH 203

Class Details

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 Chicanxs 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/x-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/x representation, the course explores a wide spectrum of film history (from the silent era to the present) and considers numerous genres.
The Class: Format: lecture; Discussion-oriented lecture class. In addition to class meetings and readings, students will be expected to watch 3-4 hours of film per week on GLOW or in the library.
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 4441
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one short paper, mid-term exam, final exam and take home essays
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors; LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 205 Division II WGSS 203 Division II LATS 203 Division II ARTH 203 Division I

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