Global Movie Musical
Course Number: CMS 270: Perspectives on Film: Introduction
Time and Place: MTWTh 1:10-3:20pm
Instructor: Xin Peng (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Hours: by appointment
This course uses the genre of movie musical to introduce the basic critical and analytical concepts in cinema and media studies. Specifically, it focuses on the history of movie musical in a global setting, against the perception of the genre as quintessentially American and nostalgic, in other words, as not travelling and aging as well as other popular genres. We will be watching films from the early-sound era to the early twenty-first century, originated from the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., India, Hong Kong, Spain, Taiwan, and Iran. Through this wide variety of films, we will discuss genre theory and criticism, theories of gender, race, and ethnicity, and issues of imperialism and globalization. Assignments include three in-class exams and a final project.