MES 324K • IRANIAN FILM AND FICTION- W
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Although a relatively new art form in Iran, the cinema came of age in the 1960s and 1970s and has developed into an important vehicle of expression in that country. This is also true of prose fiction, which has developed into perhaps the most important literary genre in this century. Iranian film makers, particularly in the so-called "new wave" films, have adapted the works of Iranian fiction writers in their work, and, in turn, the cinema has also influenced Persian fiction. Furthermore, Iranian moviemakers and fiction writers have shared many socio-political and cultural concerns. Lectures and discussions focus on the aesthetic as well as social value of the works of major Iranian fiction writers and cinematographers and compare the success or lack thereof of each medium in the context of the Iranian cultural milieu. All course materials, lectures, and discussions are in English. CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. MAY NOT BE USED TO FULFILL THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ANY BACHELOR'S DEGREE.
Two analytical or comparative papers, 60%; weekly reports, 20%; class participation, 20%
Works by Sadeq Hedayat, Sadeq Chubak, Gholamhoseyn Sa'edi, Hushang Golshiri, Ebrahim Golestan, A. Rahmani, Qodsi Qazinur, and Moniru Ravanipur. Filmmakers whose works will be examined include Ebrahim Golestan, Daryush Mehrju'i, Bahram Beyza'i, Mas'ud Kimiya'i, Amir Naderi, Parviz Kimiyavi.