ARTH 203
Chicana/o Film and Video
Last Offered Spring 2014
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed WGSS 203 / AMST 205 / LATS 203
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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 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. By introducing various interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical methods related to race, representation, and the media, the course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative’s themes of critical theorization and power and privilege.
The Class: Format: film screenings will be scheduled as a lab
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 3443
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on one short paper, mid-term exam, final exam and take home essays
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST, LATS or WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 203 Division I WGSS 203 Division II AMST 205 Division II LATS 203 Division II

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