Cinema & Globalization
CINE-392-401, Cross Listed with: ARTH-391-401; COML-391-401; ENGL-392-401
TR 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
BFS Sector III
In this course, we will study a number of films (mainly feature films, but also a few documentaries) that deal with the complicated nexus of issues that have come to be discussed under the rubric of “globalization.” Among these are the increasingly extensive networks of money and power; the transnational flow of commodities and cultural forms; and the accelerated global movement of people whether as tourists or migrants.
At stake, throughout, will be the ways in which our present geographical, economic, social, and political order can be understoodand represented. What new narrative forms have arisen to make sense of contemporary conditions? Films will include: The Year of Living Dangerously, Perfumed Nightmare, Dirty Pretty Things, Monsoon Wedding, Babel, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Maria Full of Grace (or Sugar), In This Word, Darwin’s Nightmare, Black Gold, Life and Debt, The Constant Gardener, Syriana, and Children of Men.
In addition to studying the as signed films carefully, students will also be expected to read a selection of theoretical works on globalization (including Zygmunt Bauman’s Globalization: The Human Consequences) and, where appropriate, the novels on which the assigned films are based. Advance viewing of the films is required. (I find it is best to place films on reserve for students’ use, or to ask that students get their own DVDs from Amazon or Netflix, but screenings can certainly be arranged.) Writing requirements: either a mid term and final paper, or an in class powerpoint presentation and final paper.
CINE-392-402, Cross Listed with: COML-391-402; ENGL-392-402
TR 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
BFS Sector III
The continual exchanges between literature and film throughout the twentieth century—from the Silent Shakespeares of the 1900s to the 2012 Anna Karenina—have made it virtually impossible to study one without the other. Since 1895 the relationship between the two practices has evolved and changed dramatically, always as a measure of larger cultural, industrial, and aesthetic concerns.
Well beyond questions of textual fidelity, today the debates about the interactions of film and literature have opened and enriched specific textual case studies of adaptation but also pointed to larger concerns and debates which resonate more broadly across both literary studies and film studies: for instance about the cultural and textual terms of authorship, about the economic and political pressures permeating any adaptation, about the literature’s appropriation of cinematic and other media structures.
Indeed, today adaptation studies now move well beyond just literature and film, involving video games, YouTube mash ups, and numerous other textual and cultural activities that invigorate and complicate the importance of theories, practices, and histories of adaptation into the 21st century.