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Fall 2017 History GU4250 section 001

Call Number 19348
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
301M Fayerweather
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Tarik C Amar
Course Description The rise, decline, and fall of the Soviet Union, the first Communist state (and great power), and its postwar sphere of hegemony in Central and Eastern Europe largely coincided with the development and pervasive spread of a defining technology of twentieth-century modernity: film and cinema. Moreover, while Communism in power was always authoritarian, massively violent over substantial periods, and consistently hostile to individual freedom and self-expression for masses as well as cultural elites, many of the classic masterpieces of cinema were produced by artists working under Communist regimes. These regimes were modern and modernizing but illiberal and societies under Communist rule were not open. Yet their film-makers and audiences were never entirely cut off from the rest of the world, quite the opposite: film was an area of human activity and experience in which global interaction, influence, and emulation was woven into as well as constantly tearing at the texture of ideological divides and geopolitical rivalries that shaped the last century. In sum, film offers us a way to learn about the true complexity of a paradoxical century that witnessed two World Wars, one Cold War, and the somehow apparently inexorable shrinking of global imaginary space. In this course, we will not be able to explore all the possibilities offered by film as a quintessential cultural artifact of modernity and we will also not be able to cover films, schools, or countries comprehensively. But we will be able to use film selectively to reflect about the history of Communism (as realized in the former Soviet Union and it client states) and we will use Communism to think about the place of film in modernity. We will watch and discuss select movies and read a sample of texts. Field(s):MEU
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Department History
Enrollment 13 students (20 max) as of 12:36AM Friday, January 19, 2018
Subject History
Number GU4250
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173HIST4250W001

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