Tu/Th 3:30-5:00, 122 Wheeler
Professor Annalee Newitz
With film, fiction and critical theory from the 30s through the 90s, this course will consider the way brutal, terrifying, and repulsive stories are used to explore the meanings of racial and sexual identity, class differences, war, and the counterculture.
William Faulkner, Sanctuary
H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness and Other Stories
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
John Okada, No-No Boy
Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Dennis Cooper, Frisk
Poppy Z. Brite, Drawing Blood
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Films will be placed on reserve in the Moffitt Library Media Room after they are shown in class.
Bride of Frankenstein (dir. James Whale, 1935)
Society (dir. Brian Yuzna, 1989)
I Walked with a Zombie (dir. Jacques Tourneur, 1943)
Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsesi, 1976)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel, 1957)
The Invisible Man (dir. James Whale, 1933)
Tales from the Hood (dir. Rusty Cundieff, 1995)
Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969)
The Living End (dir. Gregg Araki, 1992)
Spanking the Monkey (dir. David O. Russell, 1994)
Desperado (dir. Robert Rodriguez, 1995)
Essays are in a course reader available at Krishna Copy on University Ave. at the intersection with Shattuck (ask for the English 150 reader-- make sure it has the right essays in it before you buy!)
Joel Black, "The Aesthetics of Murder"
Jacques Lacan, "The Mirror Stage"
Franco Moretti, "The Dialectic of Fear"
bell hooks, "Whiteness in the Black Imagination"
Michel Foucault, "The Means of Correct Training" and "Panopticism" (from Discipline and Punish)
Excerpts from James Monaco, How to Read a Film; and Graeme Turner, Film as Social Practice
You are responsible for writing a senior thesis, consisting of 25 pages, typewritten and double-spaced. You will be asked to turn in a proposed topic and outline of the thesis, both of which are mandatory. Your grade will be based on the thesis and thesis-related assignments, as well as class participation and attendance. (Yes, film showings are mandatory.) If you don't turn your thesis in by May 10, you will not pass the course. We will discuss exact requirements for the thesis in class and in individual conferences.
senior thesis structure