Communication and Culture | Topics in Media History (Topic: Beats and Situationists)
C420 | 15375 | Hawkins, J.

TuTh, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM, WH 002
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, SE 140

Fulfills College S&H Requirement
Carries College Intensive Writing Credit
A portion of this class reserved for majors

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 211
Phone: 855-1548

Most people know the Beat movement through its most celebrated
writers: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs.  But
the Beat Movement was a far-ranging cultural formation that engaged
all modes of artistic expression, including film.  In this class
we’ll be looking at movies the Beats themselves made (films like
Robert Frank’s Pull My Daisy, Tony Balch and William Burroughs’ Cut-
Ups and John Cassavetes’ Shadows),contemporary screen adaptations of
Beat novels (David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch), adaptations of plays
(Shirley Clarke’s The Connection and  Anthony Harvey’s Dutchman),
and depictions of Beats in popular culture (Queen of Sheba Meets the
Atom Ant and Roger Corman’s Bucket of Blood, for example).  We’ll
also spend some time talking about the role television played in
both popularizing and parodying Beat Culture (the Steve Allen Show
and Dobie Gillis).  As a counterpoint to the Beats, we’ll also take
a look at what the Situationists were doing in France during the
Beat and post-Beat eras (films by Guy Debord, and Jean-Luc Godard,
and René Viénet’s 1973 Can Dialectics Break Bricks, a repurposed
Kung Fu movie).  Written work: short paper, term project, take-home
midterm and final exam.

Jack Sargeant, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema
Joyce Johnson, Minor Characters
Selected essays on e-reserve