Communication and Culture | Hollywood II
C292 | 6231 | Anderson, C.

MW, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, MO 007
Required film screening: T, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM, Location: TBA

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Christopher Anderson
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 209
Phone: 855-5914

Hollywood is not only the site of motion picture production, but
also a place where the popular media -- movies, radio, television,
music, and publishing -- converge.  This course will look at the
ways in which Hollywood has adapted and survived from 1950 to the
present in spite of the changes that have taken place in the media
industries over the past few decades.  Although the entertainment
industries have changed dramatically since the days of the Hollywood
studio system, the term “Hollywood” survives because it stands for
several things: a mode of cultural production, a style of
storytelling and filmmaking, a highly marketable type of
entertainment, and a landmark in the global cultural landscape.  In
all these senses, Hollywood has shown remarkable resilience, an
ability to incorporate changes into the structures established first
by a small band of entrepreneurs nearly eighty years ago.

Grades for this course will be based on two exams, two papers, and a
number of quizzes.  In addition to attending lectures, students will
be expected to attend a weekly screening session.

For further information, please contact Professor Christopher
Anderson (


Edward Jay Epstein.  The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood.
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David Cook.  Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of
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Paul Monaco. The Sixties. Berkeley:  University of California Press,
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Stephen Prince.  A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic
Rainbow, 1980-89.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2002.