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Maymester 2012

History Survey Courses

 To be Announced

History 4490: Topics in US History (multiple sections listed below)

To be Announced

History 4890: Topics in World History


CRN 52824, 4:30-6:50 PM, M-F, SPARKS 301
INSTRUCTOR: IAN C. FLETCHER

This course explores the intersections of new cinemas and new movements during the long global Sixties (mid-1950s/mid-1970s). This period of creativity and turbulence offers an extraordinary opportunity to study the interplay of film and history. Why did cinema play such an important role in animating the spirit of change and challenge in the Sixties? How did films, both dramatic and documentary, respond to the waves of unrest that swept across societies of the first, second, and third worlds? In turn, how did people and governments as well as movements engage with cinema? What were some of the ways that films represented experiences of generation, gender, race, and decolonization and ideas of freedom, alienation, democracy, and desire? How did they document or narrate everyday life, consumer society, countercultures, social movements, and contentious politics? How has cinema contributed to shaping the collective memory and visual history of the Sixties? We will seek answers to these questions, with the help of films from many countries as well as Geoffrey Nowell-Smith’s Making Waves: New Cinemas of the 1960s, Isolde Standish’s Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, and Jeremi Suri’s document collection The Global Revolutions of 1968.


AJCP552-046e, Atlanta Journal Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.