(Re)Presenting Culture (ANT4204.01)

Miroslava Prazak

Anthropologists use ethnographic writing and films to present cultures to outsiders. Both inscribe/transcribe social life, but the portraits they create differ. Theoretical considerations as well as stylistic conventions influence both the shape and the content of the final product. In this course we examine closely a body of films to explore how each genre (e.g., observational, realist, non-narrative) serves to inscribe experienced/observed realities. Topics addressed include: How does film/video allow for a holistic framework, including historical background? How do visual portrayals conceal or highlight the perspective of the author/filmmaker? What is the relationship between the audience and the subject? To what extent do the subjects of ethnographies have control over how they are represented? Throughout, comparisons are made with written ethnographies as well as with Hollywood filmmaking influences.

Prerequisites: introductory social science or introductory film/video
Credits: 4
Th 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
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