Feminist Approaches to Silent Cinema

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Feminism and Silent Cinema

Spring 2018

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: A

CRN: 8055

Credits: 4

The silent period of film, from the medium’s infancy at the turn of the century to the coming of sound techniques and technologies in the late 1920s and early 1930s, was a dynamic time of innovation, artistic expression, industrial expansion, and cultural change. Women were crucial to these developments, if not always recognized for their contributions behind the scenes, in front of the camera, and as the sizeable audience whose tastes and viewing habits profoundly shaped the new medium. This course examines recent scholarship that excavates the role of women in the silent era, drawing on period writings and films, and addressing issues of gender, sexuality, genre, and form along with historiographical concerns. Students will study major works of international film with emphasis on the Hollywood context, and a range of silent era production including avant-garde film. Through viewings of films by Esfir Shub, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, and many others, this course offers both a survey of key feminist figures and thinkers, and provides a model for developing feminist inquiry in a field that has not always been open to it.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:21pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2018 - 5/14/2018