See Description.Â Â Alongside a weekly film screening, we will read works of literature, film theory, and feminist theory.
The history of cinema is usually narrated as a history of Great Men â€” from the LumiĂ¨re brothers to Jean-Luc Godard to Quentin Tarantino. But some of the most original and enduring works of French-language cinema have been authored by women. In this course, we will study films from various times and locations by Germaine Dulac, AgnĂ¨s Varda, Claire Denis, Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Catherine Breillat, CĂ©line Sciamma, Faiza Ambah, and others, examining their distinctive contributions to the aesthetics and politics of cinema. These films offer a point of entry to a range of topics of contemporary interest â€” including gender relations, the family, sexuality, historical memory, colonialism, and religion â€” and span genres from experimental, to documentary, to narrative fiction. Alongside these topics, we will ask: in a collaborative medium like the cinema, what is an author? Is the so-called politique des auteurs (â€śauteur theoryâ€ť) that has come to dominate accounts of French film history inherently masculinist? Is â€śwomenâ€™s cinemaâ€ť a coherent category, or do differences of gender and sexuality, as well as race, religion and culture present a challenge to even its strategic mobilization? Alongside a weekly film screening, we will read works of literature, film theory, and feminist theory. Taught in French, though non-French majors may be able to submit written work in English (consult with instructor).
French 102 or equivalent; French 170 or equivalent is recommended, or consent of instructor.Â Taught in French, though non-French majors may be able to submit written work in English (consult with instructor).Â Film studies students should consult with instructor about language prerequisites
This course satisfiesÂ 1 â€śCultureâ€ť orÂ 1 Â â€śElectiveâ€ť course requirement in the French major.Â Â This course alsoÂ satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth in Arts and Literature.Â Priority enrollment for declared French majors.
weekly screening:Â Thursdays, 5-7, 188 Dwinelle