English 173

The Language and Literature of Films: The Romantic Comedy

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2019 Hu, Jane
TuWTh 3-5:30 note new location: 247 Cory D


This class considers the capacious genre of the rom-com by examining a range of its concerns (gender & sexuality, feminism, race, romance, narrative closure). We will not only watch films (from classic Hollywood rom-com to more contemporary iterations) but explore the rise of the “rom-com” plot in TV as well (SATC, Mindy Project, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, to name a few). In addition to essays, students will keep film journals. Readings may include those by Cavell, D.A. Miller, Modleski, Radway, Spigel, Sklar, Schatz, and Mellencamp.

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