“When history is translated into myth, the complexities of social and historical experiences are simplified and compressed into the action of representative individuals or heroes.” –Richard Slotkin
The Western is the richest and most enduring genre of American film. It is both formula film and source of great innovation. This program will examine the important connections between the Western and the tale of expansion (economic, geographic, ecological, cultural) and violent conquest that is the American frontier myth. This is a partial online program. Students will need access to a comprehensive source for DVD rentals (such as Netflix, Amazon.com, Deep Discount DVD, etc.) and will be using Moodle for required online seminars.
The program will meet on five Saturdays from 10 am – 6 pm:
- July 30, August 6, 13, 20 & 27
A required introductory class will be on:
- Tuesday, July 26, from 6 – 8 pm
Classroom: Sem II, D1105