Communication and Culture | Media Genres (Topic: Third World Cinema)
C592 | 14257 | Martin, M.


Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, BH 011

Open to Graduates Only!
Meets with AAAD-A 541

Instructor: Michael Martin
E-Mail: martinmt@indiana.edu
Office: Memorial Hall East M26

Course Format: Seminar [discussions, film screenings, class
presentations]

Course Description:  Historically contingent, culturally inflected,
and formally innovative, Third World films are a major current in
world cinema. Through discussions, screenings and class
presentations, the course surveys the  traditions, practices, and
thematic concerns of Third World cinemas. Emphasizing the political
and cultural significations of cinema, select narrative fiction and
documentary films are examined. Subjects under study include: filmic
approaches to colonialism and postcoloniality and tradition and
modernity.

Course objectives and learning outcomes: 1) to enhance understanding
of  cinema’s socio-political functions in Third World formations; 2)
to apply analytical conceptual and theoretical frameworks to study
film; and 3) to foster an appreciation of Third World film as a
visual and narrative art form.

The following historical, practical, and theoretical considerations
serve to focus the discussions and screenings.

1. The colonial process and postcolonial aftermath in the Third
World.
2. The enduring and dislocating impact of colonial encounter and
culture.
3. The determinancy of capitalist production and distribution
practices.
4. Film's interrogations of power and its reclamation of culture,
identity, and history.

TEXTS
[Required]

Armes, Roy. THIRD WORLD FILM MAKING AND THE WEST. Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1987.
Fanon, Frantz. THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH. New York: Grove Press,
1961; 1963.
Olivier Barlet. AFRICAN CINEMAS: DECOLONIZING THE GAZE. London: Zed
Books, 2000.
Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. UNTHINKING EUROCENTRISM. New York:
Routledge, 1994.
Martin, Michael ed. CINEMAS OF THE BLACK DIASPORA: Diversity,
Dependence, and Oppositionality. Detroit: Wayne State University
Press, 1995.
Martin, Michael ed. NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA (Vol. 1): Theory,
Practices and Transcontinental Articulations. Detroit: Wayne State
University press, 1997.