Images of Women in American Film 1920 - 1950 Part 1
Instructor Marilyn Berman
Course Number PRDV 74317
In our media saturated culture, we learn much about the expected roles of women and men through film and television. Over the past nine decades the film industry in the United States has grown into one of the most influential in the world, sending out messages about American culture, standards and values. From early childhood, our students devour images of life as they consume the products of our television and film industries. Film reflects, influences and enriches our lives. Today, more than ever before, our students have access to films via a variety of platforms and spend more time looking at screens, large or small.
Looking back to the roots of the American films industry and its growth provides us with an opportunity to learn much about our social, political and historical development as a nation and as individuals. In this course, we will examine the roles of women and the ways in which these roles have been shaped and defined by the political and historical moment. Through the careful study of several films from each decade beginning with the twenties and ending with the fifties, we will analyze the changing roles of American women. By examining these films in their historical and sociological context, students will develop a deeper and broader understanding of American society and the evolution of the roles and expectations of women in this fluid society.
Framingham State University - 3 graduate credits
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