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Jon M Bridgman
HSTAA 365
Seattle Campus

Culture, Politics, and Film in Twentieth Century America

Explores relationship between film and twentieth century U.S. cultural, social, and political history. Examines the ways that films responded to, participated in, and helped shape understandings of modernity, national identity, political power, race and ethnic relations, gender, and crises such as economic depression and war.

Class description

A history of the American motion picture industry. We will emphasize the following elements: institutional history of the industry; impact, if any, of films in society; impact, if any, of soicety on films; and the auteur theory.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a lecture course illustrated with films.

Recommended preparation

No Prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

There will be a ten-page paper. Grades will be assigned in accordance with merit.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 03/24/2005