Folklore | CULTURE/COMMUNITY IN SPIKE LEE FILMS
F354 | 2235 | G. Gibson


Above section film screenings on Monday, 7-9 PM.
In front of a crackling fire, many decades ago, African Americans would sit,
gaze into the flames, and listen intensely to storytellers weave marvelous
tales.  Today, narratives are re/created, scripted, and captured with a
camera.  This course examines Spike Lee as a modern day storyteller, and
evaluates how he uses aspects of African American music, folklore, and
history to communicate his messages.  Lee's thematic infrastructure imparts
cultural meaning and evokes culture-specific images by presenting a unique
synthesis of folk and contemporary elements derived from everyday
experiences.  This course examines how various genres of folklore and
African American music function as communicative devices that reveal aspects
of the historic and contemporary experiences of African Americans and their
psychological reactions to those experiences.

The class meetings are structured as: lecture, film screening (evening), and
discussion.  Students will have two exams and a major paper which will
examine cultural aspects in the films of Spike Lee.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement and is on List A of the COAS Culture Studies requirement.