Spring 2013

Spike Lee’s Joints

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-330  |  English, as ENGL-374  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-358


John E. Drabinski (Section 01)
Marisa Parham (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 374, BLST 330 [US], and FAMS 358.)  In offering extended formal considerations of Spike Lee’s cinematic oeuvre–in particular his uses of light, sound, and color–this course is interested in how shifting through various modes of critical inquiry can enable or broaden different kinds of cultural, political, or historical engagement with a film. This semester we will also pay special attention to the question of what it means to encapsulate a particular cultural moment, particularly vis-à-vis the often differing demands of fictional and non-fictional representation.

Spring semester. Professor Parham and Visiting Professor Drabinski.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2020