Nanook of the North

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Nanook of the North

Fall 2022

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: AX

CRN: 14420

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: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 4:02pm 8/16/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 406

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022