ENGL329W - Special Topics in Film Studies; Race, Film, and Narrative

This course explores specific twentieth- and twenty-first-century films and the relationships between these cinematic texts and African-American literary texts, paying special attention to the aesthetic, cultural, gendered, historical, and political dimensions of film and literary texts. We will ask questions about the different techniques of these two media and how they represent history, memory, family dynamics, and the lived experiences of black subjects. Films include Amistad, The Retrieval, Hollywood Shuffle, Looking for Langston, and Watermelon Woman.