English 84

Sophomore Seminar: High Culture, Low Culture: Postmodernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Bader, Julia
Thurs. 2-5 300 Wheeler

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Books to be determined.


We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some fiction and attend events at the Pacific Film Archive and Cal Performances. This seminar may be used to satisfy the Arts and Literature breadth requirement in Letters and Science.

This 2-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.


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