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HIST 300 B - Topics in Film and History

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Examines films as a significant medium of commentary on society and history. Explores the motives and careers of moviemakers, the ways in which films are influenced by their audiences, and how audiences' perception of historical processes are affected by films. Topics will vary. Course Information: Same as MACS 300. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Class Schedule Information: Topics will be listed in the department's course guide at http://www.history.illinois.edu.

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Topic: Representations African Americans in Film Description: Film and the African American Experience explores the conflicting presentation of the Black image, male and female, by white and Black filmmakers and the interpretation of those images by critics and activists. We begin with African Americans- initial appearance in U.S. Films, explore counter filmic images created during the Harlem Renaissance, and critically assess the -coon- and race films of the 1940s, the -racial liberal films- of the 1950s-60s, Blaxploitation, the Black cinema movement of the 1970s-80s, especially the Los Angeles School, and Spike Lee, including the -hood- films, as well contemporary features.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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