Mdst3402 Prof. Williams Spring 2015 202 Levering Hall Hotel f 243-4331



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CLASS SCHEDULE
I. INTRODUCTION

January 13: No reading



II. GETTING IT RIGHT: WAR AS MEDIA SPECTACLE
January 15, 22 (No class January 20):

ASSIGNED VIDEOS

The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Millstone,1930)
ASSIGNED READINGS

1. Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford, 1975: 3-35.

2. Andrew Kelly, Cinema and the Great War. Routledge, 1997: pp. 29-57; 162-182.

3. Jan Mieszk, Watching War, Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press, 2013, pp. 1-29.



III. AMERICA AT WAR: MEDIA AND MYTHOLOGY
January 27, 29: Propaganda and Total War

ASSIGNED VIDEOS

Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935)

Sergeant York (Howard Hawks, 1941)
ASSIGNED READINGS

1. Philip M. Taylor, Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda From the Ancient World to the Present Day, Manchester, 2003, pp. 208-248.

2. Thomas Doherty, Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration, New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, pp. 153-169, TBA.

February 3, 5: Hollywood’s American Soldier



ASSIGNED VIDEOS

Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)

The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2009)

ASSIGNED READINGS

1. Bruce A. Williams, “From Romance to Collateral Damage: Media Treatment of Civilians in Wartime and What It Means for How America Wages War,” The Communications Review

2. Richard Slotkin, Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth Century America. Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1998, pp. 1-26.

3. John Dower, Cultures of War. W. W. Norton & Company, 2010, pp. 3-23.






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