UK Literature, Film, Anthropology, Art, and Theatre Today
and Film: the study of man meets tinsel town’s spoor; a great and lasting
social science runs headlong into the silver screen here on the streets
of London. And we, there to watch the impact. Our four-week long
adventures assumes no experience in the field of anthropology, nor does
it assume you know the difference between pulling focus, harassing a key
grip or calling “speed.” Lastly, we most certainly do not not assume
a command of the streets of London.
What do we
assume. A curiosity. Wait, that’s too lame. Not a “curiosity”
but a thirst, a passion, a lust for new knowledge, novel insights, and
The films that
make up our class are a hodge-podge of visual delights--both films that
feature London and the United Kingdom, and classic and independent films
seen in some of London's amazing movie palaces.
this term will be a moveable feast as we prowl across London in search
of cutting edge, classic, and even, in a few cases, older art in order
to gauge what drives the aesthetic imagination and post-colonial legacy
of arguably the ARTS metropolis of Europe. While this is a literature
class, and there will be a fair amount of reading, the bulk of our seminar
on wheels will be taken up with outings to the amazing number of arts altars
dotted across the London landscape. Keep in mind that while we will
toe the line and do as the SDSU Anthropology catalogue mandates--attending
to "signs and proxemics, cultural prerequisites, kinship and social organization,
and law and value," we will also focus more broadly on the cultural tendencies
of film and culture in London. There are no prerequisites for this class
and it is open to all majors. Do please note that several of the
junkets listed below DO HAVE ADMISSIONS fees and that said FEES WILL NOT
BE PAID BY THE FOUNDATION; that having been said, every measure will be
taken to assure that this experiment in aesthetics, pedagogy and travel
be no more nor no less expensive than a regular class back in sunny San
The class is
designed in an innovative fashion in order to accomodate your busy schedules
in and around London. Here is how it works and how your grade will
be determined: on average, a typical CSU class that rewards students with
3 units for their work, takes about forty-five hours of classroom time
each semester. Summer sessions are no different, hence to ensure
you get the most bang for your buck, our course asks that you select from
a menu to be announced. There will be MORE than 140 hours of field
trips, screenings, gallery chats, etc. listed there; that gives you some
freedom in selecting which course “texts” fit in with your busy schedule.
We will call These outings FlâneurTREKS--altering
somewhat, the French word FLANEUR, that Walter Benjamin made famous in
his critical cultural studies. Each TREK will have a value we will call
cineSNACKS®--a fusion of the term cinema and scoobysnack! You will
need to accumulate 45 cineSNACKS to fulfill your course requirements. Note
that I have trademarked the term in case someone wants to steal our catchy
concept and make a mint off us! For Benjamin, a flâneur, was
a cultural voyeur, someone who took in all the sites, like a tourist, but
with a more critical eye, a more analytical worldview. Our goal will
be to be the ultimate London flâneurs!.
1. WAYS OF
SEEING by John Berger; I recommend FOYLES
bookshop! The best old bookstore in London. There is a Waterstones
as well here and there through London. Online in the UK, WITH FREE
SHIPPING try bookfellas. Foyles/113-119
Charing Cross Road.
Ellen, "Exotic Bodies, Distant Landscapes: Touristic Viewing and Popularized
Anthropology in the Nineteenth Century," Wide Angle - Volume 18, Number
2, April 1996, pp. 70-100 - Article
FREE via PROJECT
MUSE; go here
and use your SDSU REDID--10p a page to print @ metrogate.
3. Also read
assignments will be posted on your
site. All students will be free to offer reviews, commentaries and critiques
based on prompts from the Professor as well as random comments you might
want to pitch in response to other students's writings; I, too, will be
holding forth in this cyber forum and the students are especially encouraged
and challenged to submit comments regularly (at least 2 entries a week).
Grades will be assigned for these entries, so quality, of course, will
be AS important as quantity.
Prompt Responses 40%
I will not
be keeping regular office hours at Foundation House, but I am readily available
via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be happy to meet with you at your convenience.
While at FIE, my work number is (020) 7591 7764 ext:224; I can be left
messages at this address.
(3 units) Cultural Comparisons through Film. Principles of cultural
anthropology to include signs and proxemics, cultural prerequisites, kinship
and social organization, and law and values. Feature and documentary films.
(Dr. William Nericcio) [This course fulfills SDSU upper division explorations
under area B - Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as cultural diversity