Comparative Literature Summer Courses
ENGL 4150 L11 - Race and Hollywood Film
Session I, May 29 - June 28, 2018
Lincoln Center: MTWTh, 6 - 9 p.m.
This interdisciplinary capstone course examines how contemporary U.S. culture represents its racial others. Drawing on theories and methods from sociology, political science, philosophy, and literary theory, we will develop a provisional model of interdisciplinary cultural analysis that will enable us to examine how racial representations work, why they matter, and how they can be most fruitfully interpreted. We will then conduct a series of case studies in racial representation. Each case will be organized around a recent Hollywood film, and each film will be examined from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with particular emphasis on how the various disciplines both illuminate and obscure various aspects of the racial representation at hand. The course will culminate in a series of group presentations, with each group presenting an interdisciplinary analysis of a recent racial representation of its own choosing. Fulfills the Pluralism and Interdisciplinary Capstone requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.