Women's Studies 398. Experimental Courses
Middle Eastern Cinemas
This seminar examines narrative and documentary feature films by the most prolific and groundbreaking filmmakers of the Middle East from the past seventy years. Giving particular attention to the work of women filmmakers, our objective will be to understand how film has been used to craft cinematic representations of everyday life in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Palestine/Israel, Syria and Lebanon. In this course we will consider how narrative, cinematography, and sound come together in a range of approaches to critique, contradict, and comment on historical events and political realities. An exploration of themes of humor, romantic love, family history, and political violence will be weaved throughout the course.
Black Feminist Theory
The class will examine critical and theoretical issues in Black feminism from the 1960s to the present, focusing on the influential contemporary Black feminist intellectual tradition that emerged in the 1970s. From this perspective, students will explore certain themes and topics, such as work, family, politics and community, through reading the writings of Black feminists. We will also study the ways in which women and men have worked together, toward the eradication of race and gender inequality, among other systems of oppression, which have historically subjugated Black women. Although emphasis will be placed on Black feminist traditions in the United States, at the end of the semester we will consider Black feminism in global perspective.