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Summer VLPA courses in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media

Submitted by Caterina Rost on June 2, 2016 - 3:31pm

Space is still available in the following Comp Lit, Cinema and Media courses.

C LIT 315 A / JSIS 480 A: National Cinemas - Mexican Cinema

A term, 5 credits M-Th 10:50-1:40
Instructor:  Prof. Cynthia Steele (

With the two recent Academy Awards won by director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film has begun to recuperate the international prominence that it had during its Golden Age of the 1930s-1950s. The New Mexican Cinema of the 2000s and 2010s has attracted worldwide attention for its combination of sophisticated film techniques and subtle critique of Mexican and global societies. In this class we will watch two of the great films from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Emilio Fernández's María Candelaria (1944) and Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (1950), along with seven recent films, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores perros (2000), Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también (2000), María Novaro's Sin dejar huella/Leaving No Trace (2000), Carlos Cuarón's Traspatio/Backyard (2009), Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala (2011), Alonso Ruizpalacios' Güeros (2014), and Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak (2015). Students will keep a viewing and reading journal, write one short
essay, and participate in a group project.

C LIT 371 A: Literature and the Visual Arts – Cancer in Comics

A term, 5 credits M-Th 9:40-11:50
Instructor: José Alaniz (

How does an artistic medium that combines words and images – for most of its history considered only suitable for children’s stories and escapist fantasy – approach the serious, “adult” matters of illness and death? This course examines the representation of cancer in comics, including the graphic memoir and graphic novel. We will also devote some time to the history and cultural resonance of cancer in the West. The course will appeal to those interested in Comics Studies, Disability Studies, the Medical Humanities and the visual/verbal depiction of  illness, disability and the medical field. Authors include Marisa Acocella, Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, and Jim Starlin. Pre-med students, and those pursuing a career in the healthcare field, may find this course particularly appealing.

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