Topics in Film Genre: Road Movies

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Topics in Film:Road Movies

Spring 2019

Taught By: John Freitas

Section: A

CRN: 6819

Credits: 3

In this course, we examine the road movie genre as a postwar expression of American individualism and personal freedom. Beat author Jack Kerouac insisted that the “real America” is what flies by the window of your car. The road movie is an expression of romantic yearning, an aching reach for the unachievable horizon, a belief in the values of internal combustion and velocity, the transcending of spiritual pain by the earthly pursuit of “kicks.” The success of this genre inspired some European directors as well to grapple with the mythological landscape that manifests in front of a windshield. Our analysis of the films includes considerations of time and duration; the development of character through action rather than dialogue; the use of music to advance narrative; cinematography, editing, and mise-en-scène; and the themes and metaphors presented by the highways of the modern world.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 8:06pm 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/13/2019