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Spring Term 2022 TOP: AMERICAN FILM COMEDY - 4033 - FIST 420
Registration for this term is over. Changes or corrections to registration now by petition only. Students should contact their academic advisor.


Prerequisites/Notes: FIST 100 or consent of instructor

Catalog Description : This topics course allows for an in-depth examination of film genre in various historical, national, theoretical, and aesthetic contexts. Course under this heading may focus on a single genre (for example, the musical) or be comparative. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2022: American Film Comedy
What makes us laugh? Comedy is one of the American film industry's most lucrative genres and yet one of the least critically dissected. This course takes comedy 'seriously' in order to understand our own relationship to laughter, how American filmmakers construct humor and what kinds of social expectations in the United States these comedies rely upon. Because humor often upsets presumed categories, many scholars view comedy as a particularly transgressive genre. We will consider how comedy can both subvert and reinforce cultural parameters surrounding social groups based on identifiers such as ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. The course will be organized around three main units: comedy theories, comedy construction, and comedy cycles and subgenres.



Attributes: Advanced Course


Term

Spring Term 2022

Instructors

Megan G. Boyd

Course

FIST 420

Grade Mode

Standard

Title

TOP: AMERICAN FILM COMEDY

Final Exam

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2022 03:00 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.

CRN

4033

Status

Active

Class Time

02:35 PM-04:20 PM TR AGCH 019

Start-End Date

Mar 28, 2022-Jun 08, 2022

Campus

Appleton Main Campus

Units

6

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Maximum

Number registered

Enrollment:

Unlimited

12