Aug 18, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 239 - Contemporary Transnational Cinema

4 credits
How are nations’ film industries affected by the expansion of a transnational film circuit? Moreover, to what extent are films’ narratives and styles imitating, or countering, or independent of the form of cinematic storytelling popularized globally by Hollywood cinema? Growing global interconnectedness has resulted in the expansion of a transnational market and audience for films. The films chosen for this class are contemporary examples of “transnational” cinema, i.e., cinema that finds reception and distribution beyond its country of origin. While we will watch some American films, for the most part we will concentrate on cinema from other areas of the world. The readings for this class will provide historical and cultural context for the films. Given this context, we will spend much of our time in class analyzing how a film’s style conveys meaning. Our emphasis will be on trying to understand not just what, but rather how, films mean—and what are the social and political implications of their construction of meaning. This class will teach students to a) closely analyze film and b) to think through film about contemporary globalization and its impact on diverse contexts.
CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Diversity International



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