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Fall 2017
Sep 20, 2017
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ENGL 233 - American Film & Culture
The Road Film

The “road film” has been a symbol of American culture and offers the world an image of America.  What are the famous and controversial examples of this genre?  Bonnie and Clyde celebrates the sensual and subversive mobility of an outlaw couple; Thelma and Louise depicts a fantasy flight from patriarchal power and law; the post-apocalyptic The Road casts a dangerous trek through the civilization’s ruins as a coming of age story; Sullivan’s Travels provides a postmodern look at the making and unmaking of a road movie—well before the era of postmodernism.  Through a wide variety of styles road films lead us into the unknown, and to a crisis of self and culture. In this course we’ll explore how adventure, geography, and ideology operate in these movie.  You’ll learn to read and analyze film, and to become aware of broader issues in popular film and cultural studies: myth, discovery, gender, sex, and more.  You’ll write three short papers on the films and film theories we discuss. No prior knowledge of film is necessary; we’ll learn as we go.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

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