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ENGL 373 R - Special Topics in Film Studies - Disability and Film

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Extended investigation of major subjects and issues in cinema and other media; topics vary and typically include studies of author/directors, genres, historical movements, critical approaches, and themes. Course Information: Same as MACS 373. May be repeated with permission of English advising office to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: One college-level course in film studies or literature.

Special Instructions:

Disability and Film - This course will examine disability as it is managed, represented, and erased by the film industry. Hollywood is known for putting able-bodied actors in -disability drag- as Oscar-bait. In the meantime, disabled actors are passed over while able-bodied actors play wheel chair users, schizophrenics, and the visually impaired. Questions we will consider: How does the mainstream film industry assume an able-bodied, able-minded audience- How does film made for and by disabled people differ- In addition to looking at films where disability is portrayed, we will also look at films done in entirely ASL (American Sign Language), and descriptive audio films for the visually impaired. Screenings will be accompanied by readings in disability and culture. Requirements include attendance at screenings (attendance policy respects disability accommodations), participation in class discussion, and one short (5-6 page) paper, a midterm, and a take home final exam. My overall

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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