British and American Film Studies

L395 — Fall 2019

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).

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