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Mary Childs
CHID 480
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Advanced Study of the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.

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In this class we will explore the cinema of Georgia, the country ~ a magical, yet mysterious and complex land. Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia and its cinema provide a study in contrasts: film directors who belong to large family clans, reflecting a traditional society, yet who also embrace innovative, western looking trends; directors who chafe at Stalin as a fellow Georgian, and rebel against the Soviet machine, creating an avant-garde, if suppressed, cinema within the Soviet Union.

Beginning with a brief history of the country itself, we will explore what the concept of a “national cinema” might mean in Georgia, calling on Deleuze and Guattari’s work “Towards a Minor Literature” and Deleuze’s work on cinema and national identity. Along the way, we will study various strands that make up the cloth of Georgian cinema – the filmic medium as political tool, aesthetic endeavor, lyrical expression -- and explore how these various strands intertwine in a fascinating, yet little known cinema.

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Last Update by Amy R. Peloff
Date: 02/28/2014