West European Studies | Special Topics in W. Eur. Studies: Greek Cinema and the National Cinema Question
W406 | TBA | Hess, F
7:00P–10:00P Monday (Film Showing)
4:00P–5:15P Tuesday and Thursday (Lecture)
Rooms for both classes TBA.
Students must attend both classes.
Applications for College A&H Distributive Credit and for College
Culture Studies Credit are pending.
Like most world cinemas, Greek cinema has been marked, since its
inception, by a tension between the impulse toward cosmopolitanism
and a perceived duty to represent the space of the nation. Though
this tension has been a constant, it has not been uniform. The
national mission of cinema in Greece has been affected—at times
strengthened, at times attenuated— by both historical exigencies and
more subtle shifts in cultural attitudes and social values.
This course will trace the historical trajectory of cinema in
Greece, refracting films and film culture through both major
historical events (the Occupation, the Civil War, the Truman
Doctrine, the Junta, membership in the EU) and broader cultural,
social, and economic trends (modernity, orientalism, the
infiltration of consumer culture, immigration, the expansion of the
tourist economy). Additionally, students will become versed in
current debates about the possibility and desirability of using the
nation as an analytical category for thinking about cinematic trends
and movements, acquiring, in the process, a comparative basis for
thinking about Greek cinema.
Grades for the course will be based on class participation, a number
of short response papers, a midcourse exam, and a final paper
For further information, please contact Prof. Franklin L. Hess