Screening the City
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3028
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course examines the changing representation of cities in film, drawing on major theoretical debates within urban studies to explore the two-way relationship between the cinema and the city. Visually compelling and always modern, cities are the perfect metaphor for the contemporary human condition. Students consider the celluloid city not as a myth in need of deconstruction but as a commentary in need of explicationa resource that offers a unique insight into our complex relationship with the urban experience. Throughout the course, cinema's artistic encounter with the city will intersect with a theoretical and political engagement in which issues such as race, class, sexuality, architecture, planning, the environment, (post)modernity, capitalism, and utopianism are explicitly examined.
Course Open to: Degree Students