Jul 10, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts
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HIST 214 - Monsters, Gangsters, and the Great Depression

4 credits
Using classic gangster and monster films from the 1930s as the primary course content, this three-week course aims to increase students’ understanding of a.) the historical realities that influenced the construction of the modern gangster narrative and the modern monster film, b.) the place of the gangster and monster film in the history of film, including the issues of censorship and promulgation of the movie production code, and c.) the gangster and monster films as specific genres, their relationship to other genres of the period including film noire, and the depictions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, urbanism, morality, etc. that defined these genres. Lastly, students will consider how and why these two genres remain influential in the present. CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Diversity US



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