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Courses - Fall 2021
AMST
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AMST328X
(Dis)ability in American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP, DVUP
Explores the connection between film and disability through an analysis of independent and mainstream American films in various film genres. Specifically, we will consider how these film representations reflect and/or challenge the shifting social perspectives of disability over the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with the presentation of disability as theatrical spectacle in the traveling sideshow and early cinema, we will work our way through film history to develop an understanding of our society's complicated relationship with disability.