C LIT 315 C: National Cinemas

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
MGH 251
SLN: 
11848
Instructor:
Steele photo
Cynthia Steele

Syllabus Description:

 

C LIT 315A / JSIS 480A             MEXICAN SCREEN FICTION

Autumn 2014, 5 credits

Prof. Cynthia Steele

Class: TTh 1:30-3:20 pm  MGH 251

Office: TTh 3:30-4:30 & by appointment

Padelford C-502 Phone 543-7542

cynthias@uw.edu

Following the argument of Paul Julian Smith’s new book Mexican Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television (Polity, 2014), we will trace several major themes and styles in Mexican films and television since 2000: the emergence of marginal subjects through women and gay directors, the transnational complication of notions of nationality, and the proliferation of tales of insecurity. Students will keep a viewing and reading journal, write reviews of two additional films, take three (out of four) quizzes on films and readings, and write a four-to six-page final analytical essay.

Required Textbook: Paul Julian Smith, MEXICAN SCREEN FICTION. Polity, 2014. Available from University BookStore. 

Films (to be screened in class; they are also on overnight reserve in the Suzzallo Media Center):

 

1. Maria Candelaria. dir. Emilio Fernández, 1943, 97 min. Mexico City: Alter’s Collection, 2004. DVD ALTER 009  

2. Y tu mamá también / And Your Mother Too. 2001. Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. Santa Monica: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2005, 105 min. DVD MGM 084.

3. Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas / Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening. Dir. Maryse Sistach. 2001. Mexico City: Quality Films, 2004, 88 min. DVD QF 001. [no subtitles]

4.  Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamás acabarás de ser amor / A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle the Sky. Dir. Julián Hernández, 2003. Santa Monica: Strand Releasing Home Video, 2004. DVD STRAN 051.

5. El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth. Dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006. Burbank: New Line Home Entertainment, 2007, 118 min. DVD MSM 149.

6. La batalla en el cielo / Battle in Heaven. Dir. Carlos Reygadas. 2005. Los Angeles: Tartan Video, 2006, 95 min. DVD TART 004.

7. Voy a explotar / I’m Gonna Explode. Dir. Gerardo Naranjo, 2008. NY: IFC Films, 2010, 106 min. DVD MPI 053.

8. Sin dejar huella / Without a Trace. Dir. María Novaro, 2000. Beverly Hills: Twentieth-Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003. 109 min. DVD TCFHE 096. 

9. Salvando al soldado Pérez / Saving Private Pérez. Dir. Beto Gómez, 2011. Panalion Televisa and Lion’s Gate, 2011, 103 min. DVD LION 103.

10. Miss Bala. Dir. Gerardo Naranjo, 2011. Beverly Hills: Fox World Cinema, 2011, 113 min. DVD TCFHE 522.

11. Drenaje profundo / In the Sewers. 2010 TV Series. Houston: DistriMax, 2011. DVD DISTR 004.

 Articles (Posted on Canvas):

  1. Knight, Alan. "The Myth of the Mexican Revolution." Past and Present 209 (November 2010): 223-273.

 3. Noble, Andrea. “If Looks Could Kill: Image Wars in María Candelaria.” Screen 42 (Spring 2001): 77-91.

 5. Baer, Hester and Ryan Long. “Transnational Cinema and the Mexican State in Alsonso Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también.” South Central Review 21.3 (Fall 2004): 150-68.

8. Rangel, Liz. "Locating Gender Construction: Women, Violence and Survival in Perfume de violetas, nadie te oye."  Chasqui 39.1 (May 2010): 92-103.

13. Tsuei, Kam Hei. “The Antifascist Aesthetics of Pan’s Labyrinth.” Socialism and Democracy 22.2 (2008): 225-44.

16. Castillo, José and Camino Detorrela. “Carlos Reygadas.” Bomb 111 (Spring 2010): 70-77.

21. Lindsay Claire. “Mobility and Modernity in María Novaro’s Sin dejar huella.” Framework 49.2 (Fall 2008): 86-105.

26. Biron, Rebecca E. “It’s a Living: Hit Men in the Mexican Narco War.” PMLA 127.4 (2012): 820-34.

(The numbers above correspond to these items' numbers in your reading and viewing journal.)

Film Reviews:

Please select two Mexican films from the list posted to our Canvas site to view on your own time and review in two to three pages each. You should choose films that you have not seen before. See the instructions on writing film reviews posted to our Canvas site. The two reviews should be uploaded to Canvas as a single file by 7 pm on Thursday, October 30. Please title your file YourlastnameReviews.docx

Canvas Site:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/913869

Reading and Viewing Journal:

You should keep a journal of your reactions to and analysis of each of the films and reading assignments for the class, entering at least one page on each film and on each reading assignment.  Please include all of the entries on the list and number them accordingly. See the instructions on the reading and viewing journal posted on our Canvas site. The journal should be uploaded to the Canvas drop box as a single file by 7 pm on Friday, December 5.

Please title your file YourlastnameJournal.docx

Analytical Essay:

Please write a 4-6-page analytical essay comparing the treatment of a theme or issue in two or three of the films that we have studied in class this quarter. For more specific directions see the instructions posted to our Canvas site. The essay should be uploaded to the Canvas drop box by 7 pm on Friday, December 5. Please title your file YourlastnameEssay.docx

Determination of Grades:

Reading and viewing journal                                                                           20%

2 film reviews                                                                                                  20%

3 out of 4 quizzes                                                                                           20%

Final 4-6-page analytical essay                                                                      20%

Class Participation                                                                                          20%

 Internet Resources:

 Mediático:

 http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/mediatico/

 Más de Cien Años del Cine Mexicano:

 http://cinemexicano.mty.itesm.mx/front.html

 The Mexican Film Resource Page:

 http://www.wam.umd.edu/~dwilt/mfb.html

 Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía:

 http://www.imcine.gob.mx/

 Metacritic Film Reviews and Trailers:

 http://www.metacritic.com

 Internet Movie Data Base:

 http://www.imdb.com/

 UW Libraries Guide to Cinema Studies:

 http://guides.lib.washington.edu/cinemaStudies

 Narco Mexico:

 http://www.narcocartels.blogspot.com/

 Plagiarism:

Please be aware that, through Canvas, your written work will be submitted to turnitin.com.You are responsible for understanding and observing the UW guidelines regarding plagiarism:

http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm

It is not acceptable under any circumstances to use a for-pay paper web site as a source of information. Incidents of plagiarism may be reported to the Provost’s Committee on Academic Conduct.  A second incident could result in your suspension from the University. Please let me know if you have any questions about these guidelines or about the UW policy on plagiarism.

Students with Disabilities:

To request accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 ((V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss such accommodations.

CALENDAR

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Friday

WEEK ONE

 

 

 

 

 

24 SEPT

 

25

Intro: Setting Scenes: Golden Age Cinema

Film 1: María Candelaria

26

 

TWO

29

 

 30

Cinema and National Allegory

Film 2: Y tu mamá también

Readings: Knight & Noble essays

 1

 OCT

 2

Reading: Baer & Long essay

 3

 

 

THREE

6

 

 

7

Marginal Subjects: Women Directors & Gender Violence

Film 3: Perfume de violetas

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Reading: Smith pp 1-51 & Rangel essay

(Frida)

 

6:30-8:30 Film: El vals de los inútiles, CMU 120

10

 

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Friday

FOUR

13  

 

14

Trans-national Gay Auteurs

Film 4: A Thousand Clouds of Peace

 

15

 

16

Reading:

Smith pp 55-63 & Schuessler review

 

17

 

FIVE

 20

 

 

 

 21

Fantasy and Nationality

Film 5: El laberinto del fauno

22

 

23

Reading:

Smith pp 64-77 & Tsuei essay

(21 Grams & Km 31)

24

 

 

 

SIX

27

3:30-4:30 Leonardo Padura, "Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century," CMU 202

28

National Allegory

Film 6: La batalla en el cielo

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

30

Reading:

Smith pp  78-85 & Le Cain interview

2 Film Reviews due to Canvas by 7 pm

 

31

 

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Friday

SEVEN

NOV

 

3

 

 

 

4

Youth Culture

 

Film 7:

Voy a explotar

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

Reading:

Smith pp 89-151 & Gilbey review

 

(Rebel, Las AparicioMujeres asesinas)

7

 

 

 

EIGHT

10

 

 

 

 

 11

VETERANS’ DAY HOLIDAY

12

 3:30-4:30

Santiago Vaquera Vásquez, "Peregrino in the Borderlands," CMU 202 

 

 

13

Film Fictions of Violence

Film 8:

Sin dejar huella

Reading:

Smith pp 152-177 & Lindsay essay

 

14

 

 

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Friday

NINE

 17

 

 

18

Political Comedy

Film 9: Saving Private Perez

 

19

 

 

 

 

20

Reading:

Smith pp 177-182 & Biron essay

 

21

 

 

TEN

 24

 

 

 

25

Drugs & Violence

Film 10:

Miss Bala

 

26

 

 

 

 

27

THANKS-GIVING

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

ELEVEN

 1

DEC

 

 

2

TV Histories of Violence

Film 11: Drenaje profundo; quiz 3 on Miss Bala, Smith 177-182 & Biron essay

 

3

 

 

 

4

Reading: Smith pp 182-226

Quiz 4 on Drenaje profundo & Smith 182-226

Conclusions

 

 

5

Journal & Essay Due to Canvas, 7 pm

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Core
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am