West European Studies | Violence, Critique, and Film: US, Greece and Wars of Yugoslav Succession
W406 | 28523 | Hess, F

7:00-9:00 PM   M   ARR   3 cr.   LECTURE
7:00-9:00 PM   T   ARR   FILM SHOWING

Above class satisfies Culture Studies option
Above class carries COLL A&H Distribution credit
Above class meets with WEUR-W605

This upper-level, interdisciplinary course explores the history of
violence, particularly interethnic violence, and its representation
in two distinct, but interrelated geographical contexts, the United
States and the Balkan Peninsula.  Reading will address 1) the
history of culture and conflict in both contexts and 2) critical
approaches to the questions of violence and human progress.  This
historical and critical background will serve as a foundation for
discussing a variety of films including: John Ford's Fort Apache,
Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, Francis Ford Coppola's The
Godfather, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Michael Moore's Bowling
for Columbine, Emir Kusturica's Underground and Black Cat, White
Cat, Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land, Milcho Manchevsky's Before the
Rain and Dust, Pantelis Voulgaris's All Is Road, Dinos Katsouridis's
What Did You Do in the War, Thanassis?, and Theo Angelopoulos's The
Travelling Players.  Discussion topics include:
-the American fascination with the Balkans as an other space and
Balkan violence as an other means to social ends
-the relationship of violence to economics and the different
strategies that Balkan and American directors employ to represent
this relationship
-the role of Hollywood in the Balkan cinematic imagination
-the mythologization of violence in the western and gangster film
-the relationship of violence and critique to social and cultural
-and, most importantly, the critical implications of the different
strategies for representing and aestheticizing violence that are
employed in Hollywood and Balkan cinema.

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

For further information, please contact Prof. Franklin L. Hess