English 173

The Language and Literature of Films: Film Noir

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2011 Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
TTh 5:30-7 + films Thurs. 7-10 p.m. 123 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Telotte, J.: Voices in the Dark; Kaplan, K.: Women in Film Noir; Silver & Ursini, eds.: Film Noir Reader 4; Martin, R.: Mean Streets and Raging Bulls


We will examine film noir's influence on neo-noir and its relationship to "classical" Hollywood cinema, as well as its history, theory and generic markers, while analyzing in detail the major films in this area. The course will also be concerned with the social and cultural background of the 40's, the representation of femininity and masculinity, and the spread of Freudianism.

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