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Academic Year 2005/2006
Western Movies: Myth, Ideology and Genre
FILM 307 SP
Western movies form the oldest of American film genre. They have also been the most important modern vehicles for one of the oldest and most significant of American cultural myths--the myth of the frontier. The course
the development of the Western film genre and sets it in historical and cultural context. In addition to viewing 20 or more feature films, we will study some of the precinematic sources of Western themes and images
paintings). There will also be readings in the history of movies, critical and cultural theory, and political history.
Slotkin, GUNFIGHTER NATION
Rowlandson, "Captivity Narrative"
Cooper, LAST OF THE MOHICANS
Wister, THE VIRGINIAN
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
There will be a mid-term exam, and a take-home final or assigned essay question.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Since the substance of the classwork involves film-viewing, students cannot successfully complete the course if they miss more than four showings. Attendance will be taken; students who miss four classes will have their
grades reduced, one level (e.g.,
from B+ to B) for each additional missed class. There is a course fee of $60.00, to cover film rentals and projection costs. PLEASE NOTE: This course is one of several that may be used to gain entry into further work in
film studies. (A mark of B+ or
better in any course used to enter the film major is required.)
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- Instructor(s): Slotkin,Richard S.
- Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-04:30PM; Location: CFS100;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 240)
- SR. major: 40 Jr. major: 40
- SR. non-major: 40 Jr. non-major: 40 SO: 40 FR: 40
- Curricular Renewal: Reading Non-Verbal Texts
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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