English 84

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2010 Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
W 2-5 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Lahiri, Jhumpa: Interpreter of Maladies; Bould, Mark: Film Noir


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 PFA and Cal Performances.

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

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