Spring 2010
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 642
Cinema and Society across Cultures

Ostor,Akos A.

01/25/2010 - 05/07/2010
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

Films from around the globe have captured our attention as compelling glimpses of other worlds. Masterworks of cinema, they are firmly anchored in their own societies and histories, yet they have a universal appeal. Are films from distant lands windows to other cultures? What is the relation between cinema and society? Can film esthetics (style and form) engage with anthropological knowledge to deliver cross-cultural understanding to the viewer?

Taking key films from East Europe, West Africa, South Asia, and Australia (regions where the instructor has extensive first hand experience) we shall study film production and consumption, social structure and cultural meaning, film esthetics and critical knowledge, and the possibilities for intercultural understanding.

Sources to be studied will include the films of Miklos Jancso, Marta Meszaros, Drijbil Mambety, Osmanu Sembene, Suleiman Cisse, Satyajit Ray, Aparna Sen, Rachel Perkins, and Tracy Moffat. Major readings will include Satyajit Ray: In Search of the Modern, Suranjan Ganguly; Australian Cinema After Mabo, Felicity Collins; Therese Davis Symbolic Narratives / African Cinema: Audiences, Theory and the Moving Image, June Givanni; and Cinema of the Other Europe, Dina Iordanova.

Grading will be based on class participation, written assignments, and a take-home project.

Course tuition: $2022.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Akos Ostor (B.A., M.A., University of Melbourne; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of anthropology and film studies. Click here for more information about Akos Ostor.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 13

Texts to purchase for this course:
Felicity Collins, AUSTRALIAN CINEMA AFTER MABO (Cambridge University Press), Paperback

Saranjan Ganguly, SATYAJIT RAY (Scarecrow Press), Paperback

June Givanni, SYMBOLIC NARRATIVES/AFRICAN CINEMA (British Film Institute), Paperback

Dina Iordanova, CINEMA OF THE OTHER EUROPE (Wallflower Press), Paperback

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