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HSTEU 274 A: European History and Film from the 1890's to the Present

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
RAI 121
SLN: 
16183
Instructor:
Jordanna Bailkin
Jordanna Bailkin

Syllabus Description:

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Lectures for this course are in Raitt 121 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:20.

Discussion Sections are as follows:

Section AA: Fridays, 830-9:20, ARC G070

Section AB: Fridays, 9:30-10:20, PAA A212

Section AC: Fridays, 11:30-12:20, DEN 112

 

Office hours: Prof. Jordanna Bailkin (Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, Smith 218D)

Teaching Assistant: Adrian Kane-Galbraith (Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30, Smith 103C)

 

The twentieth century, as the historian Eric Hobsbawm has said, was an “age of extremes.”  This course serves as an introduction to this turbulent age, exploring themes in European history from the 1890s to the 1990s.  We will survey the histories of world war, the rise and fall of fascism and communism, postwar migrations, the Cold War and decolonization, and the making  (and breaking) of the European Community.

Our discussions will be unified by our focus on the social and political function of film in the specific context of 20th-century Europe. This course is intended to provide an opportunity for students to explore the diverse historical uses of film – and to sharpen their own skills of visual analysis – along with an overview of major themes in 20th-century European history. Through our explorations of key moments in the recent European past, we will consider broader questions of citizenship and identity in modern political life.

We will read texts such as Art Spiegelman's Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began . Films will include early French films by Georges Melies, Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion, Sergei Eisenstein's Ten Days that Shook the World,  Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, Michael Verhoeven's Nasty Girl, Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three, Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers, Richard Lester's Hard Day's Night, and Matthieu Kassovitz's Hate. Assignments will include a midterm, an exam, and a 7-8 page paper based on the readings and films.

 

Syllabus

Discussion Questions

Lecture Outlines

Midterm handout

Catalog Description: 
Introduces the histories of world war, the rise and fall of fascism and communism, postwar migrations, the Cold War and decolonization, and the making of the European Community through film. Historical content unified by methodological focus on the social and political function of film.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
September 17, 2019 - 9:13pm
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