Cinema is inherently anthropological. Its subject matter almost always focuses on some aspect of the human condition- inner struggles, collective triumphs, social dramas. Even those with nonhuman subjects are still themselves human products, indices of cultural and social meaning. As this revolutionary art form turns (more or less) 100, this class will reflect on the multifaceted relationship between cinema and anthropology. Course materials will include several narrative and documentary films, as well as a wide set of scholarly readings on visual anthropology, the depiction of anthropology in film, and how to view films as texts. There are no prerequisites, but the course is heavily reading- and discussion-based.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU IS; AS LCD; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC