English 398. Experimental Courses
Global Cinemas 1960s to Present
How have cinemas “gone global” since the 1960s? This course explores the transnationalization of Hollywood, the rise of international co-productions in Europe and the translocal popularity of Asian cinemas from the 1960s to the present. Our goal is to examine how notions of hybridity, transculturation and border crossings apply to such global productions as: Spaghetti Westerns, Bollywood, Hong Kong martial arts films, Japanese anime and contemporary Hollywood blockbusters.
The course is primarily designed for Film and New Media Studies and English majors, as well as for anyone interested in studying the ways in which national and transnational cinemas represent and/or challenge aspects of globalization—economically, politically, culturally and aesthetically. Although there is no pre-requisite, students are strongly encouraged to have taken either ENG 258: Introduction to Film Studies, ENG 251: Introduction to World Cinema or ENG 290: Approaches to Literature and Culture prior to taking the course.