Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Also: Suburbia and Its Cultures, Sense and Sensory Perception, and Aerobics

Internets, Mr. Gleemonex recently asserted that he took Chinese Literature and Film and [Something-Paradigms & Contradictions-something-or-other] In Japanese Film (both of which sound unbelievably obscure and dense to me) to satisfy the two-semester “cinemas of foreign cultures” requirement for our major “because they were easier to write papers about.” I myself took French Cinema and Italian Cinema for the same requirement because I thought THEY would be easier to write papers about.

Mr. Gleemonex, indignantly: “How can you write a paper about French movies? It’s just a bunch of people sittin around smokin and beatin dogs!”

Touche, Mr. Gleemonex. Touche.

However, for your continued amusement:

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Courtesy of the 1992-1993 Columbia University Directory: Actual Classes I Took In College

History of world cinema: the sixties.
1960-64: From Psycho to Dr. Strangelove, absurdism, alienation and anomie begin to take hold on screen with the collapse of censorship and the onslaught of violence and horror. The nouvelle vague erupts along with the radical youth culture in Europe and America. Among the directors represented are Bunuel, Bresson, Truffaut, Godard, Fellini, Hitchcock, Wilder and Losey.

History of world cinema: the sixties.
1965-69: From Blow-Up to Bonnie and Clyde, the moral center of the cinmena cannot hold as psychic and social disruptions become the order of the day. Among the directors represented are Preminger, Polanski, Bergman, Penn, Hopper, Rohmer and Peckinpah.

Film aesthetics and theory.
An introduction to the main currents in film theory, from Eisenstein to contemporary feminist criticism. Using such films as Wild Strawberries, Rear Window, and Fatal Attraction, topics include the realist/formalist debate, the function of ideology in film, and the relation of word to image.

Race, gender, and the politics of rock 'n roll.
A study of rock music from the perspective of issues in contemporary cultural theory, with special emphasis on political significance and diverse representations of race and gender.

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1 Comments:

Blogger bgirl said...

I took a "Modern History" class that was like 1950-1985 and it was sweet.

Also took a Modern Lit that was pretty super.

Oh! And Gender in the Middle East. Loved that one.

God bless those liberal arts degrees.

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