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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.
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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
one short paper, mid-term exam, final exam and take home essays
Art majors; LATS concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: