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BLST 105: Black Film, 1900 – Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen

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Course Description

Examination of the history of black people in film – looking both at films by black people in the United States and the diaspora, and at the relationship between black filmmakers, performers, and audiences to national and global film industries. Same as MOVI 105 and COMM 105. General Education: Understanding the Creative Arts; Understanding U.S. Society. 


3 credit hours.

Past Texts Include

Jacqueline Stewart, Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity

Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, “Stereotype, Realism and the Struggle over Representation”

Donald Bogle, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films

Cathy Cohen, “’Baby Mama’: Black Love, Black Deviance and the Sexual Politics of Morality”

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, “The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America”

Past Films Include

Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)

Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011)

Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons, 1997)

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991)

Bush Mama (Haile Gerima, 1976)

Superfly (Gordon Parks, Jr., 1972)

Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger, 1954)

Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920)