English 150

Senior Seminar: Film Melodrama

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
17 Spring 2007 Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
MW 5:30-7, plus film screenings Mondays 7-10 121 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Landy, M.: Imitation of Life; Klinger, B.: Melodrama and Meaning; Bratton, I., ed.: Melodrama


We will focus on a range of film melodramas from early silents to contemporary examples, analyzing melodrama?s relationship to the body, the family, gender roles, excess and spectacle. We will be interested in melodrama and modernity, and in the genre?s position vis a vis politics and culture.

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