Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Relations of looking were a constitutive part of the power dynamic that defined the colonial project, and they continue to shape (and re-shape) the postcolonial landscape in very important ways. This course brings together key texts in postcolonial studies and visual culture, while putting these readings in conversation with French and Francophone film. Among other things, the course will address the imbrications of post/colonial histories, practices of representation, and visual economies; it will use theoretical, historical, and cinematic texts to examine concepts like in/visibility, cultural imperialism, and post/colonial identity. Students will be encouraged to think about how cinematic images can be seen to intersect with, challenge, codify, and/or interrupt political and post/colonial ideologies. Authors will include Aimé Césaire, Franz Fanon, and Edward Said, to name a few. Filmmakers will include Gillo Pontecorvo, Jean Rouch, Ousmane Sembène, and Jean-Marie Teno, among others. Students will be assigned weekly readings, response papers, and a final research paper. It is further expected that students will watch films (every week) outside of class.