Advanced Topics in Film Studies: Work Sights: Scenes of Labor, Effort and Vocation

Course Details
Course: 
FILM 185S
Instructor: 
Jonathan Kahana
Quarter: 
Winter
Academic Year: 
2018-19

Description:
Since the origins of cinema, producers of moving images have put work, workers, and workplaces of all kinds on screen. This course explores the widest possible range of relations between filming and work, in narrative fiction, documentary, and experimental film and television. One focus of our study will be work and working as the subjects of screen representation in film and television. We will consider screen representations of various kinds and systems of effort, production, work(ers) and labor(ers), including manual and physical labor, industry and industrial relations, slavery and “wage slavery,” bureaucrats, bosses, organizing, strikes, white-collar labor and the office, selling, daydreaming and workplace fantasy, and unemployment. Alternately, we’ll address screen productions as a form of work, considering the labor and manufacturing of images in screen industries, jobs, and professions.