Films of Ava DuVernay

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Films of Ava DuVernay

Spring 2021

Taught By: Farrah Qidwai

Section: A

CRN: 5518

Credits: 1

This five-week class explores the celebrated work of American director Ava DuVernay, 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. American filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s body of work seeks to interrogate American society and history through lenses of race, class and gender by crafting highly stylized pieces and stirring storylines that center Black women’s narratives, experiences and subjectivities. While her oeuvre is not limited to the genre of the Melodrama, she has nonetheless used cinematic techniques of this style in order to create her own unique tableau. Films/works looked at in this course may include the following: “Selma”, “I Will Follow”, “Middle of Nowhere”, “13th” and episodes of “Queen Sugar.”

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: April 11, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 1, 2021 (Saturday)

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: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 4/5/2021 - 5/10/2021