Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Women Make Movies

Instructor: Paula Haller

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This course will explore different aspects of the roles of women in the world of film. Students will look at contemporary women documentary filmmakers and how they are a factor in shaping non-fiction film. In feature film, women directors still find it difficult to move from independent film to mainstream movies. The class will also study Alfred Hitchcock's cool blondes and the (early) James Bond girls and whether they can hold their own by today's feminist standards on the big screen.

Course requirements: two short papers and one research paper.

A primary text will be "From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies," by Molly Haskell (University of Chicago Press, paperback, 1987). A secondary text will be "Critical Approaches to Writing About Film," by John E. Moscowitz (Prentice Hall paperback, 2000).

Last Update: July 30, 2004.