Communication and Culture | Authorship in the Media (Topic: Women Directors and Playwrights)
C326 | 25095 | Hawkins, J.
TR, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, Location: TBA
Required film screenings: W, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, Location: TBA
Fulfills College A&H Requirement
Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 211
From the silent era to the present, women directors have played an
important role in the way cinematic movements, genres and styles
have evolved. Similarly, women directors and playwrights have
played a key role in the evolution of modern theater. Sadly,
however, their work is frequently overlooked in standard histories
of both cinema and drama. This course will present the work of some
key women directors and playwrights and will analyze the way their
work has influenced and been influenced by feminist theory, film
theory and practice, and new trends in contemporary theater. Films
will include works by Germaine Dulac, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino,
Shirley Clarke, Maya Deren, Kathryn Bigelow, Chantal Akerman, Jill
Godmillow, Trinh T. Minh-ha, the Sankofa Film Collective and others.
Plays will include Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays and Mary
Zimmerman’s Metamorphosis, as well as plays by Lillian Helman,
Marsha Norman, Sara Ruhl, the work of Judith Malina and the Living
Theater and the Mabou Mines Theater Company. In addition to the
screenings, students will be asked to see the University Theater’s
production of Metamorphosis.
Written work will include a short paper, a final project, a take-
home midterm and a comprehensive final exam.