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Close-up on the Enlightenment: Film, Text, Context

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Close-up on the Enlightenment: Film, Text, Context


Enlightenment ideology has influenced our contemporary culture, anchored as it is visual language. This course illustrates this affinity through various prisms: period texts, both historical and fictional; cinematic representations of the period or adaptations of Enlightenment fiction; film theory; and theories of the Enlightenment. Readings reveal how Enlightenment ideology has shaped contemporary visual culture. Readings and films may include works by Laura Mulvey, André Bazin, Susan Sontag, Denis Diderot, Choderlos de Laclos, Marquis de Sade, Restif de la Bretonne, Michel Foucault, Dorinda Outram, Horkheimer and Adorno, Louis Marin, Sofia Coppola, Eric Rohmer, Roberto Rossellini, and Robert Bresson. Prerequisite(s): FRE 240, 250, or 251.