Nanook of the North

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Nanook of the North

Spring 2021

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: AX

CRN: 8989

Credits: 4

Robert Flaherty’s 1922 film Nanook of the North, about the daily life of an Inuit man and his family, is widely regarded as the first documentary and a masterwork of cinema. It is a founding manifestation of what British documentarian John Grierson would later call the “creative treatment of actuality,” combining a highly aestheticized sensibility with an exacting fascination with Indigenous practices that, by the time of the film’s shooting, had long since been antiquated. The film is also an instantiation of documentary’s “original sin,” its ethnographic gaze raising problems of appropriation, colonization, and exploitation that remain stubbornly central to contemporary documentary filmmaking. This course examines the film’s difficult and undeniable influence in film studies, anthropology, and documentary practice through screenings and discussions of Flaherty’s other films, Indigenous art and media, archival decolonization, and scholarly reflection. [Tracks S and C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021