Fall 2022

Movie Censorship

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-337  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-337  |  History, as HIST-337

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Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST-337, FAMS-337, and HIST-337)  Almost from their very first days, even as they provoked a sense of wonderment, movies also provoked alarm and became targets of censorship. This course traces that set of reactions from the campaign to shut down the 1915 racist epic, “Birth of a Nation;” through the campaigns against sexual display and ethnic insult in the 1920s; to the Production Code era in the 1930s, with its “fallen women,” gangsters, and “screwballs"; through the end of the studio system and the rise of political censorship in the Cold War era. Frequent film viewing and intensive reading will be required, as also will be several smaller and at least one larger writing assignment.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Couvares

How to handle overenrollment: majors in History, American Studies, and FAMS will get priority

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Verbal and written analysis of films and interpretation of primary documents and historical scholarship


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022