EN 284 Race and Visual Culture (Spring: 3)

Cross Listed with BK280
This course considers representations of race in U.S. film, television and the visual arts. We will consider how the U.S.'s history of racial conflict and cooperation is imagined in various genres including art installations, t.v. and film. We will consider how such depictions are enabled or limited by their particular genre. How do police procedurals handle race differently than do sci-fi or family dramas? What typical metaphors, characters and/or visual signs arise and which topics seem particularly prevalent or taboo? Texts under consideration may include The Wire, Battlestar Galatica, Torchwood, For Coloured Girls, the Siege, The Help.
Cynthia Young

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