About FTS 1300 A

Foundational instruction in how to analyze the aesthetic, social and political significance of a television series. Representative topics: Breaking Bad and Masculinity, Twin Peaks and Desire, Wire and Ethics. May repeat for credit with different content. Topics vary by offering; periodic offering at intervals that may exceed four years.


Open to Degree and PACE students; Crosslisted with FTS 1300 A; Total combined enrollment = 100

Section Description

German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote: “What is the robbing of a bank, compared to the founding of a bank?” Crime constitutes a transgression of the existing law. However, what is often forgotten is the criminal nature of the law itself, that is, that the law is the greatest transgression and the most traumatic and arbitrary phenomenon of all. To paraphrase Brecht, we might thus ask: what is an individual act of crime compared to the foundation of the law itself? Along with several literary texts, this course brings together films from different geographical regions including Senegal, France, Italy, South Korea, China, and Indonesia – all of which represent the systemic violence committed under the name of the law, from military occupation, colonial violence, and racism to state-sanctioned mass killings, torture, and exploitation. Our texts will include Sophocles’ Antigone, Kafka’s The Trial, Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows, Chang-Dong Lee’s Peppermint Candy, Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing among others.

Section Expectation

You're expected to watch one film per week and complete weekly screening notes. Also, there will be an assigned reading and a reading response essay every week.


Screening Notes: 20% Reading Response: 20% Mid-term Exam: 25% Final Paper: 25% Attendance: 10%

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