AMERICAN FILM AS LITERATURE
Hollywood and the Political Thriller
This course will focus on American political and popular culture as portrayed in Hollywood films commonly referred to as "thrillers." By viewing and analyzing feature-length films of this genre, we will examine how and what American cinema reveals about the politics, society, history and culture of America, emphasizing the political and social changes of the 60s and 70s and their impact on the American psyche. Because paranoia and conspiracy theory are two main motifs of these films, we shall draw conclusions about American identity based on these two themes.
Viewing and analyzing a wide range of well-known (and not so well-known) Hollywood political thrillers (see sample list) will form the backbone of the course, with additional course materials consisting of books on film theory, political films, writing about films and writing in general.
This class is offered as a combination course, allowing students to receive ten credits in American Studies and/or English.
Instructor: Jeff Cofer
For course availability:
BC Course Schedule
For more details:American Studies Course Catalog
Comments or questions should be directed to
Jeff Cofer at:firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 564-4186.
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