English 190

Research Seminar: Hollywood in the Thirties


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Spring 2020 Knapp, Jeffrey
TTh 12:30-2 note new location: 305 Wheeler

Description

Our subject will be Hollywood cinema from the birth of talking pictures to the start of World War II.  We'll sample the extraordinary range of films that Golden-Age Hollywood offered its consumers: from gangster pictures and screwball comedies to melodramas, westerns, feature-length animation, musicals, and horror.  We’ll analyze these films in the light of contemporary criticism by such major figures as Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, but our primary focus will be the accounts of mass entertainment articulated by the films themselves.

The movies will be made available through the library's streaming service.  The only required text will be a Course Reader, which will gather relevant theory, criticism, reviews, and cultural commentaries.

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