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Environmental Studies: Ecopolitics & the Cinema

ENVS 295 Z1 (CRN: 60914)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: FTS 272 Z2

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About ENVS 295 Z1

Advanced courses of current areas of interest which may vary each semester. Topics have included environmental health, energy, regional planning, international studies, literature, ethics, and natural area management. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Junior standing.


Adrian Ivakhiv ()


Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2015; Cross listed with FTS 272 Z2

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This seminar course will examine the intersections between films/filmmaking and ecological politics and philosophy. It will apply the tools of ecocritical cultural studies to cinematic practice and to representations of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Themes to be explored include the ecopolitics of Hollywood and its alternatives (including independent and experimental film), representations of landscape and national identity, film and sense of place, ecological utopias and dystopias, cinematic animals, energy and resource use, and eco-documentaries and protest movements. The summer semester?s course will be divided into 5 thematic sections as follows. Films listed are samples of the kinds of films we will watch and/or discuss. 1. LAND/TERRITORY: Earth (Dovzhenko, USSR, 1929), The Searchers (Ford, USA, 1956), Stalker (Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979), Daughters of the Dust (Dash, USA, 1991), Baraka (Fricke, USA, 1992), Spring Summer Fall Winter? and Spring (Ki-Duk, Korea, 2003) 2. LIFE/ANIMALITY: Wolfen (Wadleigh, USA, 1981), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, Japan, 1984), Winged Migration (Perrin et al., France, 2001), Darwin?s Nightmare (Sauper, France/Austria/Belgium, 2004), Grizzly Man (Herzog, USA, 2005), The Cove (Psihoyos, USA, 2009), Blackfish (Cowperthwaite, USA, 2013) 3. RESOURCE/ENERGY: The Ister (Barison and Ross, USA/Germany/France, 2005), Manufactured Landscapes (Baichwal, Canada, 2006), Still Life (Zhang-Ke, China, 2006), Up the Yangtze (Chang, Canada, 2007), There Will Be Blood (Anderson, USA, 2007), Petropolis (Mettler, Canada, 2009), The Forgotten Space (Sekula & Burch, Netherlands, 2011) Musicwood (Grainger and Trump, USA, 2012) 4. FUTURE/APOCALYPSE: Soylent Green (Fleischer, USA, 1973), Lessons of Darkness (Herzog, Germany/France/UK, 1992), 12 Monkeys (Gilliam, USA, 1995), Children of Men (Cuaron, USA, 2007), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, USA, 2012), Chasing Ice (Orlowski, USA, 2012), Melancholia (Von Trier, Netherlands, UK, 2012), Snowpiercer (Joon-Ho, Korea, 2013) 5. ACTION/UTOPIA: For Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000 (Tanner, Switerland, 1975), The Gleaners and I (Varda, France, 2001), Avatar (Cameron, USA, 2009), Detropia (Ewing and Grady, USA, 2012), Night Moves (Reichardt, USA, 2013)

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The class will include daily screenings, readings, reaction papers and writing assignments, and a final term paper.


Attendance & participation 25% Reading and response journals 30% In-class quizzes 20% Term paper 25%


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