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FILM 47.30 - Black Looks: A Survey of Race and Representation in Cinema and Visual Media

This is a course guide for FILM 47.30.

Course description

This course surveys the evolution of race and representation in visual media.  Special attention will be given to black subjects and the socio-economic, historical and political factors that feed into depictions of black life, dominant tropes within these historic depictions, and the aesthetics of emergent voices that help to shape a new black subjectivity on screen. Students are encouraged to draw connections between discourse about black subjectivity with that of identities through doing “close readings” of screen representations and images.  In their final projects, students write about and create work relating to black subjects or the broader theme of race and representation in visual media.

[Source: ORC/Catalog, 08/09/2023]; Dist:ART; WCult:CI

In the Library's collections

You can use one of these subject headings to start your research in the library's online catalog:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Finding newspaper articles for older events, happenings, etc.

To find newspaper articles, you can search individual databases such as Factiva, the Newsstream databases or Business Source Ultimate. If you want older newspaper articles, you can search the various historical newspapers we have in the collections. Here is a list of historical newspapers we have.

Or you go to the Library catalog and search using the Newspaper link at the top of the page. You can also start your search in the box at the top of the page for scholarly articles.

You can search all of the historical newspapers together or just search within one specific title.

This database is good for finding smaller city and town newspapers not covered elsewhere.

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

You can find scholarly literature about African-Americans in cinema in a variety of journals. However, if you want to do targeted searching, you can use a subject specific database such as Film & Television Literature Index. We have one journal which looks exclusively at Black cinema. It is listed below. You can also use the search box at the top of the page or Web of Science.

Internet resource(s)

Citing and Tracking Your Bibliographic References

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

Keeping up with Film Studies journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.