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English 84, Section 1
High Culture, Low Culture: Modernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers (2 units, P/NP)
Professor Julia Bader
Wednesday 1:00-4:00, 300 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 14040

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness. We will also read some fiction, including stories from Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, and attend events at the Pacific Film Archive and Cal Performances.

Julia Bader is a Professor Emerita in the English Department and specializes in the modern period, both British and American, with an emphasis on fiction, film, and feminism.

Faculty web site: http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/11

"I learned to appreciate live art more and looking at films and movies from different perspectives." - student in fall 2014 seminar

"It's not only analyzing the Coen Brothers' films but also engaging with local theater and cultural events." - student in fall 2014 seminar

Quotes from students in fall 2013 seminar:
I would recommend the course to anyone and everyone.
Take this class. Bader is a low-pressure professor who will really engage your interest in film, even if you have no background or experience. She chooses excellent movies and supplements them with other great works like performances and short stories. Overall, it’s wonderful.
The class was small and inviting and Professor Bader is very knowledgeable and extremely approachable.
It was incredible to have a small yet diverse discourse about challenging material. There was good discussion and everyone felt welcomed.
It’s a great introduction into discussing and really thinking about film without having much experience with it.
This course allowed me to spend time with a group of students similarly interested in the material, but also was less high pressure than ordinary 4-unit courses.
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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