American Dreams, American Movies

ENGLISH 288

A survey course in selected American films that create as well as reflect American national identity. Through lectures, weekly screenings and students' oral reports, we will study a dozen of the best-loved movies in our popular culture, from The Gold Rush, King Kong, and It Happened One Night to Singing' in the Rain, The Godfather, and WALL-E. We will examine how these movies, their directors, and their stars, came to define American mythologies in the twentieth century and how they have collected over time iconic resonance. Attention as well to genre, form, technique, and Hollywood's history. Instructor: Malone
Curriculum Codes
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • THEATRST 272
  • VMS 355
Typically Offered
Spring Only