Jeanette M. Sanchez
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
Monster Movie Morality will explore issues of cultural identity, morality and relationships among human beings by watching and discussing monster movies both classic and contemporary. We will read material related to the genre and on which the films or in some cases television shows are based. It will be useful if students have access to films/shows which we may discuss at length so I recommend a subscription to Netflix during the course. We may be watching and discussing films off campus at specific locations with the public and the public will be invited to all screening of the films we watch in class.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to watch film/television media with a more critical lens and be better able to construct intelligent responses to them.
Students will demonstrate learning to the public when necessary and invite the public into our discussions of the films.
General method of instruction
Watch the first three seasons of The Walking Dead, various versions of Frankenstein, and the French television series, The Returned. You may consider reading The Walking Dead comic book and Frankenstein before class begins. You should also look into subscribing to Netflix or finding films/shows in other ways - the full list will be available on the syllabus the first day of class.
Class assignments and grading