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Ethnic Studies 188
Images of People of Color in Cinema

Cinematic images exert a powerful effect and have contributed to the creation and maintenance of stereotypes of peoples of color in the United States. This course will examine those processes within the framework of a variety of disciplines including history, sociology, literature, political science, psychology, womanist and feminist theory, and ethnic and race relations. The depiction of women and peoples of color in film is often a one-dimensional portrayal and yet remains the most vivid for many in the dominant society. We will study realistic portrayals in opposition to constructed portrayals designed to entertain rather than inform. To provide a foundation for analysis, film making both from an artistic and economic perspective will be presented. The first part of the course will give an overview of Americans of color in film, and the second part will concentrate on specific ethnic groups.

The format of the class will include lectures, small groups' review of films, and discussion of reading material. Films viewed in class, unless they are my own copies, will not be available on reserve in the library. Much of the material covered in class will not be contained in reading material, therefore attendance and participation is an essential aspect of this course. Class participation of reading material and film analysis will be counted as a percentage of your grade.

Prerequisite: ETHS 047, ETHS 051 or ETHS 052

Reading List
Intranet reader
Genre, Gender, Race and World Cinema. Julie F. Codell, ed. (2007)
Reversing the Lens: Ethnicity, Race, Gender and Sexuality through Film. Jung Xing, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (eds.) (2003)

Course Requirements
Class discussion and small group presentation (15%)
Midterm (25%)
Film critique (8-10 pp.) (30%)
Final paper (10-12 pp.) (30%)

Course offered Fall 2014

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