CHID 480 A: Special Topics: Advanced Study Of The History Of Ideas

GEORGIAN CINEMA: GEORGIA'S ALWAYS ON MY MY MY MY MIND

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
PAR 106
SLN: 
12155
Instructor:
Mary Childs

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In this class we will explore the cinema of Georgia, the country ~ a magical, yet mysterious and complex land. Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia and its cinema provide a study in contrasts: film directors who belong to large family clans, reflecting a traditional society, yet who also embrace innovative, western looking trends; directors who chafe at Stalin as a fellow Georgian, and rebel against the Soviet machine, creating an avant-garde, if suppressed, cinema within the Soviet Union.

Beginning with a brief history of the country itself, we will explore what the concept of a “national cinema” might mean in Georgia, calling on Deleuze and Guattari’s work “Towards a Minor Literature” and Deleuze’s work on cinema and national identity. Along the way, we will study various strands that make up the cloth of Georgian cinema – the filmic medium as political tool, aesthetic endeavor, lyrical expression -- and explore how these various strands intertwine in a fascinating, yet little known cinema.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:11am