HUM 277 The City and Beyond: Urban Tales in Film
The course will offer an exploration of city life through feature films from various countries, leading to an understanding of the ways urban spaces have been represented as sites that can be comforting, dystopic, or something in between. Films from various periods in the history of cinema will be chosen for the course. Theoretical readings and written assignments will complement class discussions, which will be led serially by faculty members from several departments. Typically, a member of the faculty will lead discussions of two films (i.e. two weeks of the course). Films will be shown with subtitles – no foreign language proficiency expected. The course is particularly appropriate to those with an interest in non-Hollywood cinema, and those considering study abroad. One course credit, fall semester.