Special Topics- Women's Cinema

A close examination of films directed by women from around the globe through the viewpoint of gender and film theories. This class will engage several of the most recurrent topics that shape women's films (such as patriarchal society and traditional gender roles, motherhood, violence against women, the female body and women?s sexuality, among others) in comparison with how these same themes surface, if they do, in hegemonic cinema (i.e. in mainstream Hollywood and in national male-authored productions). By tackling the so-called gender-genre debate, it will address how women use (or subvert) different male-dominated cinematic forms (i.e. if there is a female version of the comedy, a women?s road movie, film noir, etc.). Finally, it will address whether and how these films reflect a female idiosyncrasy, a woman's language, a female gaze. Class will include recent films by women filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman (Belgium), Isabel Coixet (Catalonia), Lucia Puenzo (Argentina), Claire Denis (France), Alankrita Shrivastava (India), Deniz Gamze Erguven (Turkey), Iciar Bollain (Spain), Nadine Labaki (Lebanon), among others. Films are shown in their original versions with English subtitles. Course will be taught in English.
UMass Undergraduate Film Certificate category: IIA, IV, V

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
0
Number: 
FILM-ST 497W
Semester: 
Summer 2018
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, March 12, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018
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