ENGL329D - Special Topics in Film Studies; Melodrama

Melodrama, the popular genre of tears, sensationalism and excess, has long been the focus of critical debates. Initially dismissed as mere escapism for female audiences, film melodrama has more recently generated scholarly work examining the popular forms melodrama creates for exploring issues of gender, sexuality, class, and race. This course examines the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological dimensions of film melodrama, from the silent era to the present, with examples drawn from classic and contemporary Hollywood filmmaking as well as world cinema. Films to be discussed include Way Down East, The Scar of Shame, Imitation of Life, Stella Dallas, Now, Voyager, The Best Years of Our Lives, Bicycle Thieves, Rebel Without a Cause, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Brokeback Mountain.

Also offered as FILM359M. Credit only granted for ENGL329D or FILM359M. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of instructor.