Folklore | Culture/Communication in Spike Lee
F354 | 9888 | Gibson


Above section film screenings on Tuesday, 7:45-10 p.m.  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.