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
Office: Memorial Hall East M26
Course Format: Seminar [discussions, film screenings, class
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
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
2. The enduring and dislocating impact of colonial encounter and
3. The determinancy of capitalist production and distribution
4. Film's interrogations of power and its reclamation of culture,
identity, and history.
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,
Olivier Barlet. AFRICAN CINEMAS: DECOLONIZING THE GAZE. London: Zed
Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. UNTHINKING EUROCENTRISM. New York:
Martin, Michael ed. CINEMAS OF THE BLACK DIASPORA: Diversity,
Dependence, and Oppositionality. Detroit: Wayne State University
Martin, Michael ed. NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA (Vol. 1): Theory,
Practices and Transcontinental Articulations. Detroit: Wayne State
University press, 1997.