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Course Info for AMST - 839 - 90, Summer 2024
Class number: 1034 Title: Evolution of the Western Film Department: American Studies
Career: Graduate Component: Lecture Session: Second Quarter
Instructor's Permission Required: No Grading Basis: Graded Units: 1.00
Enrollment limited to 2 Current enrollment: 0 Available seats: 2
Start date: Monday, June 24, 2024 End date: Friday, July 26, 2024 Mode of Instruction: Remote
Schedule: TR: 6:00PM-9:15PM, N/A Instructor(s): Younger, James
Prerequisite(s): None
Distribution Requirement: Meets Humanities Requirement
Course Description:
The course examines how the Western genre emerged from global popular culture at the end of the 19th century to become one of the most powerful and complex forms for expressing the experience of Modernity. After a careful consideration of the political and philosophical implications of the Western, we will track the development of the genre as it responds to the ideological contradictions and cultural tensions of 20th-century American history, focusing on broad trends within the mainstream, the contributions of individual directors, and the global dissemination of generic elements.