Jean-Luc Godard: Art/Theory/Politics
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5283
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media Studies
This class examines the oeuvre of Jean-Luc Godard, one of the most important filmmakers to emerge during the second half of the 20th century. We chart the evolution of his work from his beginnings as a critic at Cahiers du cinema and his early films as a member of the nouvelle vague; to his increasingly more political and semiology-inspired studies of the image in consumer society; his forays into experimental video and television in the 1970s; and his recent visual essays on memory and (cinematic) history. Godard’s complex engagement with the moving image—from film to video to digital—will be placed in dialogue with a number of aesthetic and political theories, including Brecht’s notion of distantiation; Barthes’ cultural semiotics; Lefebvre’s analysis of everyday life; Deleuze’s concept of the “time-image;” and Ranciere’s arguments on the “emancipated spectator.” In addition to a dozen or more works by Godard, the class considers the practice of a number of important precursors as well as contemporaries, including Dziga Vertov, Chris Marker, Guy Debord and the Situationists, Nagisa Oshima, and Harun Farocki.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.