Films of Douglas Sirk

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Films of Douglas Sirk

Spring 2020

Taught By: Farrah Qidwai

Section: A

CRN: 5512

Credits: 1

This five-week class explores the celebrated work of Classic Hollywood director Douglas Sirk, as part of the one-credit auteur series of courses exploring race, class, gender and sexuality in the Melodrama genre. This auteur series seeks to investigate how the Melodrama – a film genre typically associated with Classic Hollywood – has historically and contemporarily been utilized to simultaneously reinforce and subvert hegemonic ideals in the filmic construction of identity, the individual and society. German filmmaker Douglas Sirk’s films reproduced the glossy façade of Mid-Century Americana while also investigating the cultural fractures and fault lines that lay just beneath the surface. As one of cinema’s most revisited auteurs, Sirk’s work deserves academic treatment, not only for its lovely cinematography and star-studded narratives, but also in order to better understand how race, class and gender were negotiated in Mid-Century America through the cinematic form of the Melodrama. Films looked at in this course may include the following: “All That Heaven Allows”, “Imitation of Life”, “Written on the Wind”, and “Magnificent Obsession”.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: January 20, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: Varies

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*If your course begins after the last day to add/drop online, but the course has not started, please contact your Academic Advisor for assistance in adding, dropping, or withdrawing from the course. 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: 3:00pm 2/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 2/23/2020