English 190

Research Seminar: Hollywood in the 1930s

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
10 Spring 2017 Knapp, Jeffrey

TTh 12:30-2 50 Barrows Research Seminars

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Our subject will be the theory and practice of mass entertainment in Hollywood from the birth of talking pictures to the start of W.W. II.  We'll sample the extraordinary range of films that Golden-Age Hollywood offered its consumers: from screwball comedies and gangster pictures to melodramas, westerns, feature-length animation, musicals, and horror.    

Most of the movies we'll discuss are available for rent or purchase from iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.  You may view all of them for free through the streaming service of our own Media Resources Center.  The only required text will be a Course Reader, which will gather relevant theory and criticism on the films as well as contemporaneous reviews and cultural commentaries.

Please read the paragraph about English 190 on page 2 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for more details about enrolling in or wait-listing for this course.

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