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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2004

ANS 384 • Postcoloniality and Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27375 M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
7:30 PM-10:00 PM
CMA A3.108
CMA A3.116

Course Description

This course will focus on cinema's role in the production of postcolonial nation-states. We will begin this inquiry by examining how cinema as an institution assisted in reproducing colonial authority; we will also attend challenges to this authority. We will then look at the ways in which cinema has developed in postcolonial nation-states. Some of the questions that we will attend to include: How has cinema as an institution participated in the process of nation-building? What has been the relationship between the postcolonial state and cinema? What have been key issues of debate amongst the state, citizenry and film industry? How have the state and citizenry responded to filmic representations of social, political and cultural issues? How have film industries in postcolonial nation-states dealt with Hollywood's hegemony? What has been the impact of globalization and new technologies (e.g. DVDs, satellite television, Internet) on cinema as an institution. In considering these questions, we will draw upon concepts from both film theory and postcolonial theory, placing them in productive dialogue.


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