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VISIONS OF THE PAST: REPRESENTING HISTORY ON FILM, Fall 2006

VISIONS OF THE PAST

[Instructor]
Michael W. Ainge

[Course Guide]

Course Description:

Films about the past are often dismissed by historians as trifles. In this course, we will consider the conventions of various styles of representing history on film, including American forms such as Hollywood Historical Drama and Documentary, as well as other styles from other countries. Close readings of historical texts and of the filmed versions of those events will provide a window into the strengths and limitations of both media. We will consider whether representing the historical past on film necessitates simplification, distortion and/or falsification of the facts ? How about the case of post-colonial societies struggling to retrieve lost or obscured histories ? How does film effect memory, both collective and personal ? These and other questions will constitute the core of our discussions.

Classes: 13
One 90-minute class per week

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