An interdisciplinary exploration of how mainstream media in the U.S.-primarily "Hollywood" movies-have helped shape our understanding of who is (and, equally importantly, who is NOT) part of the "American" nation. Drawing upon anthropology, media studies, critical race studies and feminist theory, we will look at how cinematic representations of various ethnic and racial groups - blacks, "Indians, Asians, Jews, and most recently, Arabs and Muslims - both reflected and helped shape popular views and attitudes towards those groups. We will pay close attention to the intertwining of race, gender, class and sexuality.
Women's and Gender Studies
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Wednesday, September 11, 2019