- Joshua Kates
- Days and Times
- 2:30 - 3:45p TR (3 CR)
- Course Description
Topic: Apocalypse Now and Then: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and the Movies
We’ll study the relation of novels and films, while referring to some of the historical, political, and philosophical questions surrounding colonialism and postcolonialism. We’ll start with Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and then screen and discuss two film versions (Apocalypse Now and Nicholas Roeg’s Heart of Darkness), as well as other novels and films devoted to these issues (Forster, A Passage to India; Rushdie’s Satanic Verses). We will heighten our awareness of the decisions and interpretations the filmmakers have made about the form as well as the content of their films, both of which will be looked at in reference to their own settings (e.g. 60’s US and France, 80’s UK) as well as their “historical” antecedents (e.g. India of the 20’s, Africa of the 1890’s).